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.
- developmental sequences
- maternal judgments
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology