I did very little physical or sensoral explanation. I explored the world through books, predominately informational ones. I didn't read so many essays when I was young, and I read no fiction.
I did have a tendency to do a lot of fiddling with anything that was new to me (something I still do to a childish extent) but I never went out of my way to explore for tangible things. I just messed with whatever wound up in my lair.