Messy Toddlers Are Learning Better


By Molly Clifton

Messy toddlers make better learners. 

That's according to researchers at the University of Iowa who studied how 16-month old children learn words for non-solid objects, like oatmeal and glue.

They found that kids who play with and even throw oozy and gooey objects in their high chairs learn the names of those objects more quickly than kids who don't.

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