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Supporting Thinking in Infants and Toddlers Through Active Music and Play Experiences

While most adults know that movement supports physical development, it is less well-known that it also supports cognitive development. Infants quickly learn that banging, squeezing, or shaking a toy can produce interesting results. One way to support young children's early learning is to provide materials they can move to make things happen. Adults can also support infants' movement by playing and singing music with different rhythms and tempos, and by dancing with babies to different types of music. This helps babies learn that their body can move in different ways in response to what is going on around them.

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