Observation: Toddler - Little Scientists

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Toddler Observation - Little scientist theory The child on this project is a 1 ½ year old male. He looks very healthy, in his normal weight, and very active. He is white, and has blue eyes, blond hair and cute pink chubby cheeks. In the middle of the afternoon he is playing with a female toddler about his age in the living and dinning room area of his home. The environment provided to the children is peaceful and relaxed. The parents specifically designated this time just for the two children so they can freely interact and play as they please. They also placed quite a few toys scared around the area for them to play while being supervised from a short distance. One of Piaget’s theories describes the children’s as “little scientists” which in a way is their drive for discovery. They are more then little babies who need to be feed with information to learn. They are eager to observe and interact with their environment. They like to make there own discoveries about their world by constructing their own theories, testing and adjusting to new information or results in their own way. They basically like to test their environment to see what happens as an effect of doing something. For example dropping toys to the floor, or playing with water, smashing food on the floor, squeezing a cat, etc. This toddler is a “little scientist” and is on track with the sensorimotor stage because he is dealing with what is presented to him. He is learning about the physical objects in front of him and also using his motor skills by looking at the consequences of some of his actions. He was experimenting with some toys and items in the home by looking at them, bringing them to his mouth, slamming them on the floor, placing them in different positions; some times looking at his parents with a questionable expression. For example, I was able to observe how the toddler grabs

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