Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Can Toddlers Work with Symbol Systems?

Aidan clearly demonstrates that even children as young as two can work with loose materials to represent their thinking. After looking out the classroom window on a snowy day Aidan sits down to make this beautiful tree.
" A tree with snow, " he says with satisfaction as he gazes at his work.


  1. Toddlers at this age are beginning to understand that symbols stand for the objects and things they experience.Also, they learn shapes through their daily experiences "making the snowy tree".

  2. With the use of loose materials,it is possible for a toddler to represent what they see. The tree may not look perfect, but it is perfect to them.~Sabrina