It turns out, beetles are very lucky to live in the colorful shade of the flower bed.
Follow, don’t lead. Whatever interests them is what you should spend time exploring. (Caitlin chose the flowers to explore, not me.)
Wonder aloud… When you wonder aloud, kids take up the idea and run with it. This is a great way to draw them in AND draw their own conclusions about things. (I wanted Caitlin to explore all the flowers so I said, “I wonder what colors they are?” “I wonder what they smell like?”)
Recognize the positive behavior you want, not the negative you don’t want. With new things, children won’t necessarily know how to behave. Focusing on positive behavior is a great way to give them the guidance they need. (I didn’t want Caitlin to pick the flowers so I told her how much I liked how gentle she was being with them.)
Use YOUR Imagination. Try to imagine what it’s like to have never seen this before, and try to find new ways to explore it so that you’re seeing things for the first time too! (I had never seen flowers from the bottom up before.)
Physicalize New Ideas. If you have the opportunity, help children grasp new ideas by getting them to put their whole body into it. (I asked Caitlin, “I wonder what it feels like to move like a caterpillar?”)