An MIT researcher studying child brain development says kids naturally think like scientists. This shouldn't surprise most parents: children are natural learning machines. Everything is new and interesting to them. Sometimes their need to stop and study phenomena like bugs on the sidewalk or dust motes in a sunbeam drive parents to distraction when there are places to be and chores to do.
So why don't all kids grow up to be Richard Feynmans or Lynn Margulises? Why is science only the preserve of hyperintelligent geeks rather than a universal pursuit like sports or cooking? Like sports or cooking, science is something which geniuses can do better than everyone else, but which just about anyone can learn to do competently and enjoy. And yet that doesn't happen. How is it that children's love of learning and discovery gets ground down into boredom and disinterest?
Science education, especially at the primary school level, doesn't help much. I have a suspicion this is due to the fact that most teachers are trained in education and simply don't have the science background themselves to teach it effectively. All the teachers' manuals and support material in the world can't substitute for a good college-level grounding in the sciences.
Except games. Games can solve everything.