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Marcelo, Age 30 Months, Developing Thinking Skills

May 19, 2010

Watch to see how Marcelo delights in playing cars with his mother. How does Mary Luz support and expand on Marcelo's pretend play?

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To Think About:

  • How is Marcelo using his imagination during playtime?

  • How does Mary Luz encourage Marcelo’s thinking skills?

  • What might Marcelo be learning during this interaction?

What the Experts Say About This Interaction

What Marcelo does:

  • Listens to mom’s narration, learning new words and ideas.

  • Follows her suggestions, building his thinking skills and imagination.

  • Delights in playing with his mom, which makes him feel important and special.

  • Shows his interest in exploring and experiencing the tunnel by crawling inside and staying there.

What Mary Luz does:

  • Follows Marcelo’s lead and expands his play by suggesting he use the pillows to make a tunnel. This encourages Marcelo’s emerging symbolic thinking and imagination.

  • Joins in his play which delights Marcelo. This builds his self-esteem, his social skills, and his desire to play and learn.

  • Suggests Marcelo push the car, rather than doing it for him. This helps Marcelo see other ways he can expand his play—building his thinking skills.

  • Narrates his play. This helps Marcelo learn concepts like through (the tunnel) and numbers (2 cars going through the tunnel).

Think About How Your Child Is Learning These Skills

How is your child developing thinking skills through her everyday interactions with you? Here are some questions to think about:

  • How does your child like to explore the world around him? Does he prefer to use his fingers and hands to figure out how things work, or does he like to be on the move, using his large muscles (arms and legs) to explore?

  • What kinds of activities does your child seek out and truly enjoy? Why do you think he prefers these activities?

Think about a recent playtime with your child.

  • What was he exploring?

  • How did he go about his exploration?

  • What do you think he was learning?

  • Did you participate in his play? If so, how? What impact did you participation have?

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