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If you’re at the stage where a simple snack of apple sauce is a full-bodied experience for your kid, here’s some good news.

Researchers from the University of Iowa have found that 16-month-olds who play with non-solid objects such as yogurt, apple sauce or milk tend to learn their words faster than babies who don’t.

It’s easier for babies to learn about objects they can touch, feel and prod such as a toy or a book. Non-solid objects change their shape — milk that’s in a glass looks different than milk spilled on the floor — and a spilled drop of milk can look a lot like a spilled drop of glue.

By touching and playing with these objects, babies learn about them faster.

baby eating yogurt

PHOTO: LIZA

So the next time your little one spills their juice on the floor, just remember: she’s a budding genius.

 source: TIME

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