By now, you know that the Magformers® My First line is recommended for children aged 18 months and up. What you may be wondering, is what to expect from your children, by way of cognitive development, at this age? Well, between 18 months to three years of age, toddlers have reached the “sensorimotor” stage. This term comes from of Piaget’s theory of cognitive development.
Who is Piaget, you may ask? Jean Piaget (1896–1980) was a French psychologist, and he first published his theory in 1952, which grew out of decades of extensive observation of children, including his own, in their natural environments. Piaget’s theory is now the most well-known and influential theory of cognitive development.
So, back to the “sensorimotor” stage. What does this mean?
At this stage, toddlers understand the permanence of objects and people, visually follow the displacement of objects, and begin to use instruments and tools. They start to strive for more independence, which can present challenges to parents concerned for their safety. By this stage, they also understand discipline and what behavior is appropriate and inappropriate, and they understand the concepts of words like “please” and “thank you.”
Two-year-olds understand up to 150 words, and start adding about ten new words per day. Knowledge of the world is limited, but developing, because it is based on physical interactions and experiences. Physical development (mobility) allows the child to begin developing new intellectual abilities. Some symbolic (language) abilities are developed at the end of this stage.
Toddlers, at this age, also have a better understanding of emotions, such as love, trust, and fear. They begin to understand some of the ordinary aspects of everyday life, such as shopping for food, telling time, and being read to.
The activities included with the Magformers® My First 30, My First 54, My First Pastel 30, My First Play 32 and My First Play 100 sets are specifically designed to teach children of this age various concepts, that will enhance and improve their already developing cognitive development.