What Can A 4y/o Learn From An Aquarium?

by Kathy Sykes on January 25, 2012 · 2 comments


Over the Winter break, I took my son to our local aquarium for the first time. It was one of the coldest days we have had thus far and the trip wasn’t planned. But since we were already downtown Chattanooga exploring, I thought that this would be as good a time as any to visit the aquarium.

Little did I know what kind of impact this trip would have on a 4 year old.

In a 4 year old’s mind, there is sheer amazement in seeing “real” fish, turtles, and penguins. They really do exist and not just on “Happy Feet”. My son’s eyes lit up with curiosity of what kinds of fish he could see and (believe it or not) what he could learn about them.


Every exhibit we went to, he wanted to look at the pictures and try to see if he could identify them in the tank. He could not believe the size of some of these fish and turtles and to see how they actually swim.



He also had the opportunity to touch and feel the fish and snakes so that it really came to life for him.

He started getting so good at identifying the fish, that he started teaching others.

I have been to the aquarium at least two times before but did not have as much fun as I did on this trip. Seeing a kid exciting about learning and having fun made me want to go back as soon as possible.


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Linda Kirk January 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

That is the beauty of seeing the world through a child’s eyes


Kathy Sykes January 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I love that I am able to be a child again sometimes. Those are the best days of your life!


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