Play is great, but kids need to work too | Joanne

The University of Cambridge has appointed the world’s first Lego professor of play, writes Tom Bennett in The Guardian.  Young children learn to understand the world through play, writes Bennett, the father of a one-year-old explorer, but it takes work to get beyond the basics.

Lego has endowed a chair in “play” at Cambridge. This isn’t it.

“Take catching a ball,” Bennett writes. “In its first few comedic years, a child will learn to have a good idea of how far a ball can be thrown by hand and so on. Now underpinning all of that is Newtonian physics, ballistics and mathematics.”


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