Pick one of the activities listed
Watch a children’s television program; comment on how the program is designed for children. What devices does it use to capture children as viewers? How does it teach or how does it entertain? Is there anything in the show that touches on developmental psychology?
Children’s Literature: Write a short two to a three-page paper that examines a work of fiction for children. What makes the book appropriate for kids? Can it be read at multiple levels and be appropriate
for more than one age group? How does the author engage the reader?
Children’s Cognition: Talk to a child about a concept. Examine how children’s thinking differs as a function of their age from the adult point of view.
Children’s Drawing: Examine a piece of art, like a drawing, created by a child. What does it tell us about the child’s development?
Video Games for Children: What factors need to be considered in designing video games for a child? How would you create a game that would be maximally fun for a 7-year-old child? Examine some current games for children and what makes them fun.
Children’s Emotional Lives: Talk to a child about some issues that they found upsetting or wonderful (preferably both). What sorts of things upset children? How do they deal with strong emotions? Do they have strategies they use to control or manage their feelings?
Children’s Attachment To Parents: How does the child’s bond or attachment with their parents manifest itself in their lives? Talk to the child about a time when they were separated from their parents and what they did to cope. Does the child seem to possess a secure or insecure attachment to each parent and is the attachment to one parent the same as it is for another (describe your evidence for your conclusions)?
Children’s Language: Talk to a child about language. Ask them to interpret some expressions (e.g., A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush) and see how they do. Create a story that involves a metaphor or sarcasm and see if they can correctly interpret it.
Children’s Play: Watch a child at play, either by themselves or with another child, sibling, or parent. What kinds of play do they engage in? How might their play be preparing them for adult life? Is the play sophisticated or unsophisticated from a cognitive point of view? Does it involve emotion and if so, reflect any themes or issues in their lives?