Baby scientists

babies are like little scientists This might seem a little too cute to be true*. But a lot of baby scientists are taking it seriously.  Laura Schultz and Alison Gopnik are both studying how young children’s play is a vital form of experimentation that helps them learn about the world and how it involves them weighing up different possibilities and probabilites. And the really great news about this is that it means rather than trying to teach things to tiny children we should put them in rich and stimulating environments where they can play around and discover things for themselves. * That’s an occupational hazard when working with babies.

UPDATE(6 June 2013): You can buy a print of this picture and other science-based baby goodies at
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