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Learning Toys

Because children are constantly interacting and learning about the world many educators have argued that almost all toys can be learning toys. However, toy manufacturers market specific toys for learning. These toys advertise that they promote intellectual or emotional development and growth.

Books can be learning toys. Children love to be read to by adults. Interacting with language and stories promotes both intellectual and emotional development.

For years educators thought stories such as the Dick and Jane series were good learning toys. However, Dr. Seuss stories based on wild adventures soon replaced more mundane stories when children showed great interest in language play and imagination. Now Dr. Seuss stories sell millions of copies each year.

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