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Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development

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Traditional Toys May Beat gadgets in Language Development - by Pam Belluck/ Parenting/ Well/ Blogs/ International New York Times/ The New York Times/ nytimes.com

"Baby laptops, baby cellphones, talking farms — these are the whirring, whiz-bang toys of the moment, many of them marketed as tools to encourage babies’ language skills.

But in the midst of the holiday season, a new study raises questions about whether such electronic playthings make it less likely that babies will engage in the verbal give-and-take with their parents that is so crucial to cognitive development.

The study, published Wednesday in JAMA Pediatrics, found that when babies and parents played with electronic toys that were specifically advertised as language-promoters, parents spoke less and responded less to baby babbling than when they played with traditional toys like blocks or read board books. Babies also vocalized less when playing with electronic toys..."

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Basic toys without sounds or lights, like blocks, may be best for a child's development.Credit Yana Paskova for The New York Times


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Also - Too much toddler screen swiping affects drawing skills

My cousin is a kindergarten teacher in LA . He says he is getting students who can barely draw a stick figure because all they have learned to do is swipe on a screen .
This cannot be good for hand -eye coordination .

How do these parents expect their kids to become MLB stars .

Seriously though - there may be long term unintended consequences to giving toddlers technology designed for adults .
 

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Language development? You don't need any toys for that. Talk to your kids. A lot. Narrate life. Read to them. Point out words.

My kiddo was tested recently. He's a kindergartener with a high school level vocabulary.
 
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