More than half of children lose their “sense of wonder” about the world around them before the age of six, according to a new Disney survey.
A survey of 1,000 UK parents with children aged three to six found that 51% believed their child’s curiosity started to decline long before the age of 10.
Thus, 94% of parents thought it was up to them to guide their toddlers in their discovery of the world.
Additionally, 83 percent of tutors admitted to needing help to maintain their enthusiasm.
In response to these new findings, Disney UK has launched a brand new project called “Find Your Wonder”, a “Wonder List” of 12 downloadable activities for children inspired by the studio’s princess characters.
According to Disney UK, more than half of children lose their ‘sense of wonder’ at the world around them by the age of six (Pictured: File image of a mother and son exploring nature
Alongside the activities, a series of “Wonder Webisodes” featuring celebrities Helen Skelton, Alice Dearing and Jessica Gadirova.
Child psychologist Laverne Antrobus, consultant for the production of Find Your Wonder, said: “Young children have a natural sense of curiosity, which helps them begin to navigate the world around them.
“At this age, children develop their sense of adventure and wonder as they learn to use their creativity through play and discover what is possible.
“For someone who has watched children play at this age, it’s obvious that imaginative play – whether it’s sock puppets, dress-up or interacting with toys and dolls – is a journey of self-discovery and a great way for them to find their own wonder”.
The study also identified what parents consider to be the most effective ways to preserve their child’s sense of wonder and imagination as they grow.
In response to the new findings, Disney launched a brand new project called “Find Your Wonder,” a “wonder list” of 12 downloadable children’s activities inspired by the studio’s princess characters.
TOP 10 ACTIVITIES PARENTS THINK HELP PRESERVE THEIR CHILD’S SENSE OF WONDER
1. Explore nature
2. Explore new places
3. Try a new sport
5. Gaze at the stars
6. Host a tea party
7. Learn tips on how to take care of pets
8. Learn a new dance
9. Design a diary
10. Make a sock puppet
Exploring nature tops the list, followed by exploring new places, while 23 percent suggest trying new sports.
And while these are considered the most effective, 70% of parents agree that playing with toys helps keep their child’s imagination alive.
Conducted via OnePoll, the study also revealed what people consider to be the most important aspects of parenting.
While 33 percent said supporting their child’s hobbies and interests was paramount, 26 percent focused on being a good role model.
Laverne added: “By encouraging kids to be brave and try new skills – like hosting a tea party like Cinderella or swimming like Ariel – parents are ensuring that their child’s creativity and passion for new discoveries lives on – which is an invaluable tool for life”. .
Meanwhile, Claire Terry, Disney’s senior vice president of consumer products, said Disney “hopes to empower young children.”
She explained: “It’s clear from the research that parents really believe in the power of imaginative storytelling and the playful element when it comes to keeping a child amused.
“We know families appreciate and love Disney Princesses for their inspiring stories of courage, kindness and adventure.
“Parents trust Disney Princess characters to be good role models for their children because they reflect such positive attributes. We hope to allow young children to develop their self-confidence and also to try something new to keep that magical feeling of wonder alive.