A recent Stanford study confirms what you know instinctively but forget habitually: kids learn better through active teacher engagement. The researchers taught a group of preschoolers about a toy’s
magnetic properties in three ways: active, passive, and accidental. Only kids in the first group then defined the toy by its functionality; the rest defined it by color. The takeaway: if you don’t walk your toddlers through their new $150LeapPad, they’ll only prize it for its green “stay-put gel skin”.