…children need to figure out what’s going on around them—they have a kind of explanatory drive. This drive pushes them to act in ways that will get them the information they need; it leads them to explore and experiment. The apparently pointless activities we call play often seem to be the result of this drive. Babies who are figuring out what people think play imitation games; babies who are figuring out how we see objects play hide-and-seek; babies who are figuring out the sounds of language babble. It’s all very serious fun.
Quote ID: 00288
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