- Bonding time with a parent or favorite caregiver
- Novel activities
- Novel outings
- A desire to understand how something works
- A desire to communicate needs/wants
- Favorite foods or other tangibles
These motivators must be built into the learning activity, not given separately as a bribe or reward. For example, if you want to teach your child about the color red, and he loves cherry gelatin, you have a perfect storm of motivated learning at snack time. However, if you are trying to teach your child the names of letters, and you offer him red gelatin as a bribe if he sits and reads an ABC book with you, the activity is going to be a loss. The motivator must be integrated into the learning itself.