Smooshing peas may help kids understand the world

  • Article by: PERRI KLASS , New York Times
  • Updated: January 13, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Put down the washcloth. Toddlers who play with their food aren’t just messing around; they’re exploring complicated concepts.

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mlapnorJan. 12, 14 4:13 PM

Visualize whirled peas.

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actualreaderJan. 12, 14 7:59 PM

Well, yeah. Those of us who've long since forgotten why we were ever compelled to reach out and sweep every wall we were walking by with our fingertips, to try to swing on velvet-rope barriers, to roll a wheeled toy over every surface within reach have simply grown up to realize: that's smooth and it'll smudge, that'll tip those chrome poles over toward you and one fast-food counter is much like another. Young children are conducting physics experiments all the time to gain that knowledge so they can grow up to be dull old don't-do-thatters like us.

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cavellJan. 13, 14 9:35 AM

Still recall chemistry experiment of mixing 2 liquids. I could see color change but forgot about heat produced.

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