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Puzzles help young kids develop math skills: study

StantZbylot 4 spends sunny afternocatching some rays working his way through book puzzles his home LufkTexas Wednesday Feb. 22 2012.

Stanton Zbylot, 4, spends a sunny afternoon catching some rays and working his way through a book of puzzles at his home in Lufkin, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/The Lufkin Daily News, Joel Andrews)

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Updated: March 6, 2012 7:33PM

Want to improve your child’s chances of going into a career in science, technology or engineering?

Give her puzzles to play with when she’s just 2 to 4 years old.

A University of Chicago study found that kids that age have better math skills and spatial intelligence at 4

½ years old.And that, in turn, often translates into kids who grow up to take more classes in science, technologry, engineering and math and pursue careers in those fields, says Susan Levine, a University of Chicago psychologist who coauthored the study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and published by the journal Develomental Science.

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