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Why Do Babies Like Boxes Best?

Watch how the babies in your care play. What does their play tell you about their development? How do they explore objects? What interests them?

by Linda Gillespie

It is Ella’s first birthday, and her mother is excited. She places a present wrapped with bright paper in front of Ella and tears just a small portion of the paper. Ella takes over, pulling on the paper and scrunching it in her hands. Some tape gets stuck on her finger, and she pulls at it; then it gets stuck on another finger, and she pulls at that. With help, Ella eventually tears all the paper off the box.

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