That’s not new. What is new is the finding from a new Brookings “E-Toy” study that parental involvement when playing with traditional toys actually enriches the child’s understanding of spatial concepts and math.
Specifically, the study found that:
- The amount of language a parent uses when an infant or child is playing with a digital or electronic toy or a traditional toy is about the same.
- However, when parents and children play with blocks and shape sorters parental attention is more acute or intense thus providing children with an opportunity for learning a rich vocabulary. In other words, parents pay closer attention and use more descriptive language when playing with traditional toys.
- Those terms include words such as circles, squares, trapezoids, etc.
- Most important, building this vocabulary of spatial and geometric terms contributes not only to language growth but to an earlier understanding of mathematics.
Here is a link to the study.