Critique of a Toy

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EVALUATION AIM: Cognitive observation of TC3, 4 years, 10 months. To observe TC3 cognitive development, to see if he develop appropriately for his age. According to Beaver and Brewster `s book, Babies and Young children, (published in 2001 by Nelson Thornes Ltd, Cheltenham, UK, page 118), imaginative play help to develop many important skills in children. “Through using their imagination to play, children develop the ability to use one object to represent another”. “This is called symbolic play”. When a child uses symbolic play, he transfers this skill to learning to read and write. In my observation, TC3 is well able to use this skill, he pretends the cars are persons, and he wants to give them all a chance to win. Problem solving it is also a skill that a child on this age range should acquire, as well as sorting out objects. Beaver, Brewster, et all, (2001:125). In my observation, TC3 tidy up the play area, in the centre, to have space to make a jigsaw. He puts the small toys on the right side of the room, and the big toys on the left side. Some of the toys are still there, and TC3 put them in a box. I have observed TC3 while putting together the jigsaw, he look at the picture of the jigsaw, then started to pick the edges from the pile, looking for the pieces with a straight end, and assemble it together. Then, TC3 looked for the corners, and then started to sort from the pile left the pieces that have the same colours. After 8 minutes he finished the puzzle. “Adding to their knowledge by asking questions continually”. Beaver, Brewster, et all (2001:125). TC3 asks what “concentrate” means, he have his answer from the adult, and then mimic “a concentrating face”. He is well able to understand the meaning of words and apply it.He also asks why girls have long hair. “Includes representative detail in drawings often based on observation”. Beaver,
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