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Materials: Paper, Crayons and two Eyes
Instructions: Teacher calls out "I spy with my eyes......." and the kids draw what they see. For example " I spy with my eyes something round." Then the children draw whatever they see is round. Then the teacher can tell them to show their picture. Everyone holds up their picture and she can see if anyone gets it right. As well as, ask the students to notice the different round shapes everyone has noticed in the classroom. The teacher can do shapes, colors, and even textures.
The theory was studied by Jean Piaget. It is the study of how an organism adapts to its environment. Individuals use assimilation and accommodation to adapt. There are four stages of cognitive development: sensorimotor, pre-operational, concrete operational and formal operational. The pre-operational stage deals with children 2-6 years of age. Children at this age do not have an understanding of abstract thinking. They believe what they see. There are not able to think about someone else's feelings.
Cherry, K. (2005). Preoperational Stage of Cognitive Development.Retrieved from http://psychology.about.com/od/piagetstheory/p/preoperational.htm
Huitt, W., & Hummel, J. (2003). Piaget's theory of cognitive development. Educational Psychology Interactive. Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University. Retrieved [date] from http://www.edpsycinteractive.org/topics/cogsys/piaget.html
Robin, Craig. Early Childhood Cognitive Development. Retrieved from http://ezinearticles.com/?Early-Childhood-Cognitive-Development&id=2421948
Relation between theory & activity:
Cognitive development is enhancing thinking skills. Ispy, Idraw allows the students to evaluate, analysis and comprehend. As an educator, you want to emphasize cognitive skills, and not force them. The activity allows the students to break down the clue and evaluate their surroundings. When playing Ispy, Idraw, the child must question themselves. What object is the teacher spying? Where is the object the teacher is spying? And how does my object match her clues? Students are able to build connections between clues and real-life objects.
Applied Developmental Theory Activity