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Good news if you’ve not got much cash to splash on fancy ed­u­ca­tional gad­gets at the toy shop: there’s re­ally only one thing your child needs to help her learn, and that’s you.

Whether it’s read­ing a bed­time story, build­ing a cubby or re-en­act­ing a make-be­lieve tale, new re­search shows in­ter­act­ing with your child is not only fun, it also helps her de­velop lan­guage and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills.

While brightly coloured high-tech toys might grab her at­ten­tion, re­searchers from North­ern Ari­zona Univer­sity say they don’t pro­mote pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tions.

Pro­fes­sor Brad­ford Wiles from Kansas State Univer­sity agrees. “We’re teach­ing chil­dren how to use tablets, and we think we’re show­ing them use­ful things like let­ters and num­bers, but what we’re ac­tu­ally teach­ing them is how to use a touch screen.”

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