Perceptual-Motor Challenges in Children’s Toy Play

Karen Adolph & Catherine Tamis-LeMonda
Some toys (e.g., popular interlocking Lego and Duplo bricks) require specific motor actions to be used as the designers intended. However, little is known about how children learn the designed actions of toys and how the perceptual-motor requirements interfere with play. We observed 91 12- to 60-month-old children and 20 adults playing with six Duplo bricks. Children showed a developmental progression from non-designed exploratory actions to successful interlocking but building only towers to constructing multiple...
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