Curiosity and creativity go hand in hand. Children have a head full of questions to ask. This “on hands” activity will delight them and keep them busy and learning in the process.
Hammer, screwdriver, plier
Small appliance or mechanical object that no longer works. (alarm clock, watch, wind-up toy, hand mixer, etc.
Put the machine on the newspaper on your work space. With all the tools near by let the child explore. If it has an electric cord cut it off before you begin for safety. Let child just explore but always with adult supervision.
This activity not only aids curiosity and creativity but gives parent-child focused attention and time for lots of conversation. Go for it!