Infant exuberant object play at home: Immense amounts of time-distributed, variable practice

Karen Adolph, Orit Herzberg & Catherine Tamis-LeMonda
Object play yields enormous benefits for development, but little is known about infants’ spontaneous object play at home—the familiar setting where objects abound, and most interactions occur. We observed 13-month-old crawling infants and 13-, 18-, and 23-month-old walking infants (N = 40) during unconstrained activity in two 2-hour home visits. Infants spent more than half their time interacting with objects, distributed in short bursts of activity across the visit. They transitioned among dozens of objects;...
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