Infants everywhere engage with objects throughout the day, even if the objects of play differ across cultures. Indeed, object play is a universal context for learning. Yet, the characteristics of object play at home remain largely unexamined, especially in infants from non-English-speaking backgrounds. Through frame-by-frame video coding, we documented Hispanic infants’ object interactions based on 1–2 h of naturalistic home observations. Infants interacted with a wide variety of toys and household objects in brief bouts that summed to ~60% of their time. As infants transition among objects, they serendipitously generate opportunities for learning that support development across domains.
- Curriculum for learning
- Hispanic infants
- Object interaction
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology