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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.”