Museum of Science, Boston

Learning Through Play

It is widely believed that children learn by playing, but if you observe children’s play activities, you may notice that the process of ‘playing’ is inherently unsystematic. This contradiction has made the question of how children learn during play of particular interest to parents, teachers and researchers. To find out what play is all about, cognitive scientists have developed and are testing theories about how children might learn through play.

Previous Research

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Does competition affect children’s reasoning?

Previous research indicates that until around age 8, children typically do not control variables in experiments as scientists do.

This study investigates whether children have the ability to control variables at a younger age, if given the proper context.