Piaget’s cognitive development theory

Think about the last time you shopped for toys. Perhaps you were buying toys for your own children or children of friends or family. If you shopped online, one of the filters you probably used to find an appropriate toy was age range. While toy manufacturers designate specific age ranges due to the choking hazards associated with the item, they also take child development into account. They know that designing a 250-piece puzzle is neither appropriate nor useful for a 2-year-old who has limited sensory and motor skills. In this discussion, you will reflect on a favorite toy or game as a child and determine which stage of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development you were in when you played with it.

To prepare for this Discussion

  • I need to review this week’s Learning Resources on Piaget’s cognitive development theory. Pay particular attention to the description of each state of cognitive development.
  • Considering a favorite toy or game you played with during childhood or adolescence.
  • Using Piaget’s theory, identify the stage of development you were in when you played with this toy or game. How did the skills evident in that stage affect how you played with your toy or game?

i have to map it on my self then it’s a girl toy!

Answer preview

My great interest in playing with the dollhouse shows that I was the preoperational stage of Paget’s theory. The stage comprises of children between the ages of 2 and 7. Here, children become very imaginative and expressive; they love to play pretend games with the things around them. They find it easy to imitate the things they see in real life into their play using whatever objects they have around them. According to DeWolfe (2019), children in the preoperational stage have an astounding growth in their mental representational of useful items. Furthermore, Piaget explains that children experience a growth spurt in their language. They learn hundreds of new words at this stage (DeWolfe, 2019). These words help to express their emotions and help to communicate with others and fictional objects during play. Lastly, Piaget explains that egocentrism is usual, and children struggle to see things from other people’s perspectives.

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Piaget’s cognitive development theory