Playing with dolls as a small child helps develop social skills and empathy. Doll play activates the posterior superior temporal sulcus, an area of the brain associated with social processing and behaviors.
Researchers report exclusive breastfeeding until the age of six months is associated with fewer conduct disorders in later childhood. Additionally, enriched play can help enhance cognition.
Toddlers who had more exposure to other children were better at associating new words to objects than those who had more exposure to adults alone.
Study reports play-based learning may positively impact a young child's acquisition of math skills compared to direct teaching.
Researchers report two year old children with poor language skills fare worse that their peers at play and often fall behind socially.
Researchers say letting infants play with everyday items within their environment can help them learn and develop.
A new study reveals birds can learn how to use objects to solve tasks by first playing with them.