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The influence of the number of toys in the environment on toddlers’ play

Researchers recently tested hypothesis that an environment with fewer toys will lead to higher quality of play for toddlers. In this study, infants engaged in supervised, individual free play sessions under two conditions: Four Toy and Sixteen Toy. With fewer toys, infants  had fewer incidences of toy play, longer durations of toy play, and played with toys in a greater variety of ways.  This suggests that when provided with fewer toys in the environment, toddlers engage in longer periods of play with a single toy, allowing better focus to explore and play more creatively. This can be offered as a recommendation in many natural environments to support children’s development and promote healthy play. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2017.11.005)