Boost Baby's Brainpower with Play

A look at some of the important life lessons learned through play.

Playtime is more than fun and games--it's also functional, especially when it comes to your little one's brain. Babies are born with more than 100 billion brain cells, and playtime helps link these cells, forming connections that impact thinking, emotion, and behavior.

"The brain is user-dependant," says Holly Engel-Smothers, co-author of Boosting Your Baby's Brainpower and a contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. "It has to be used and stimulated in order for it to grow."

Banging on pots and pans, playing house, and reading all boost brain growth. Enrich your child's educational experience as she develops--and keep the wheels in her head turning.

Playing With Baby: Baby Toys
Playing With Baby: Baby Toys

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