Monday, July 26, 2010

Arthur's Kitchen

Piaget's pre-operational stage was observed through children interacting with the "mini life size" kitchen. They were able to use "symbols to represent objects" (Kara and Mary Kay's Blog on Constructivists). With this area being a cartoon picture from a common show children may enjoy, there were layers of representation available for children to display: pretend play, imagination and personifying objects.
One specific instance we observed: a mom and dad were sitting at the kitchen table allowing the child to bring them food.  They were able to pretend making toast, pretend that lunch was really served and imagine a real life situation within a cartoon setting.  

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