The best thing you can do to learn about cognitive development is to watch it happening! Spend 20 minutes observing a child in each of the age groups in the table below. Write your observations that describe cognitive development. What is the infant doing, tasting, touching, or exploring?
(Birth to 8 months)
|Mobile Infant or|
(6 to 18 months)
(16 to 36 months)
What cognitive developmental milestones do you see?
What is the infant or toddler able to do? What are they almost ready to do (i.e., what do they need help with)?
What are adults doing to support cognitive development?