This video of Kaylee, 2 and a half years old, and Colin, 7 months old, having a tea party. The more I watched this clip, the more I realized how many amazing nuances children have in their play repertoires that we, as therapists and parents, can take for granted.
Here are my observations of this simple play activity.
- I didn’t ask Kaylee to follow a two step commands (for example, “Stand up and give Colin your cup”), which is an age appropriate task for a 24 month old, but on more than one occasion she is able to follow my simple directions without requiring redirection or any prompting.
- I tell Kaylee “Colin is drinking from the cup” – she sees him eating it and acknowledges that what I said was incorrect but recognized I was being funny because it was clear he was drinking from the cup but rather trying to eat it.
- Kaylee demonstrates good pretend skills as she adds sugar to her tea, stirs it, drinks it, and declares it “yummy in my tummy”.
- Kaylee shows gentle affection for her little brother and attempts to help him hold the cup, modeling the type of action she has seen an adult do for a small child countless times.