• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

Toy shapes may help kids learn words faster

Researchers say the shape of toys toddlers play with may determine how quickly they learn words.

December 12, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Toddlers who play with objects of different shapes may learn new words twice as fast as toddlers who play with similarly shaped objects.That's according to University of Iowa researchers, who conducted a study of 16 children 18 months old.

The toddlers knew the names of about 17 objects, but those who played with different shaped toys learned nearly 10 new words per week, while those who played with similar objects only learned four words.

The study is published in the December issue of Psychological Science.