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Kids who Play with their Food may be Better Learners

By: CBS News Email
By: CBS News Email

"It turns out that being in a high chair makes it more likely you'll get messy, because kids know they can get messy there," she added.

Samuelson said that it may look like kids are just playing with their food, but they may actually be learning more about the world around them.

"They're not just being messy," agreed study co-author Lynn Perry, who was a Ph.D. student at the University of Iowa during the study. She said to the WebMD Boots in the U.K. "There's information that can be gained from that messiness. So they might just be having fun, feeding and touching food at that moment, but that messiness is helping them learn about things, like yogurt and jam, and all these things that they can really only learn about through touch and tasting."

The study was published in Developmental Science on Dec. 1.

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