“A baby’s brain is the most powerful computer on the face of the earth,” says Alison Gopnik, child development psychologist. Learning in early childhood results from play and interacting, not from educational toys. In fact, a child’s everyday play is much like a set of scientific experiments that research how things work.
Starting just after the 12-minute mark, you can see that kind learning made clear in this video. Watch a charming 4-year-old boy thinking his way through a scientific experiment. You’ll love his facial expressions!
“Young children learn best from playing and exploring the world in a safe secure setting with people who love them. That can’t be mass manufactured in educational toys, nor measured on standardized tests. Children thrive when they are loved, and they learn when they explore.” —Alison Gopnik, Professor of Psychology, University of California