What do mothers know about the developmental nature of play?

Catherine S. Tamis-LeMonda, Amy Melstein Damast, Marc H. Bornstein

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Mothers of 21-month-olds were given a list of 24 child play acts and asked to rank order the acts in terms of relative difficulty. Included were exploratory behaviors (e.g.,mouthing), nonsymbolic acts (e.g., nesting cups), and symbolic acts (e.g., drinking from an empty cup). In general, mothers' rankings matched scalings of play established in the developmental literature. These findings represent a first step in elucidating mothers' knowledge about development in the domain of child play.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-345
Number of pages5
JournalInfant Behavior and Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994


  • developmental sequences
  • maternal judgments
  • play

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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