As they approach their first birthday, babies begin conducting elaborate experiments on everything they find, dropping, rolling, shaking, throwing, submerging or waving objects. Although their behavior may resemble random play, babies make important discoveries about how the world works when they hurl their cereal bowls, empty out wastebaskets, or rummage through the contents of open drawers.
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