The Link Between Toys and Learning

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General Medicine Paediatrics Public health Neuroscience Developmental Pediatrics
The Link Between Toys and Learning

Toys play a valuable role in a child’s development. They foster skills and engage the senses. They allow children to build interactions with caregivers and other children.

Symbolic play promotes the use of words and narratives to imitate, describe and cope with actual circumstances and feelings.


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