Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Comical study in symbols

Even the psychology professor at the University of Virginia says toddlers treating scale models like full-sized objects is one of the most comical behaviors she and her colleagues observe at their Child Study Center, according to an article today in Science Central.

I watched the video in the article a while ago, and yep. It's funny. But the thought to ponder after the laughter is how a child develops awareness of scale and symbol at all. It happens only through interaction. The little one pictured here won't know she can't take this mouse-sized car for a ride until she realizes she can't even put her foot in.

The accompanied article also gives a great glimpse into the amazing mind of a toddler--one of my favorite ages for their emotionally sporadic, erratic behavior. These little big-bellied, wobbly wonders are master developers, and it's so much fun to watch.

Enjoy your toddlers today.

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