Losing active play time can mean a child is at higher risk of becoming obese, the study says.
The study’s authors say play with any kind of simple toy will benefit a toddler, even if it is a cardboard box.
“A cardboard box can be used to draw on, or made into a house,” Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, co-author of a new report on selecting toys for children up to around age 5, told The Associated Press.
Mendelsohn is a pediatrician at NYU Langone Health in New York.
Mendelsohn said parents often feel that “the toy that is best is the one that is the most expensive or has the most bells and whistles or is the most technologically sophisticated,” but that is not the case.