Excerpt volume: Learning the designed actions of everyday objects

Karen Adolph & Catherine Tamis-LeMonda
How do young children learn to use everyday objects—doorknobs, latches, zippers, Velcro fastenings, and so on—in the ways the objects were designed to be used? Designed actions can be easy or difficult to implement (e.g., pushing a fire door vs. lifting up a garage door) and more or less hidden from view (e.g., press-turn-pull a pill bottle lid vs. lifting a sugar bowl lid). Although the designed actions for everyday objects seem obvious to adults,...
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