Understanding Toddlers. Who is a toddler?. A child between the ages of 1 and 3 years old. Before the age of one they are considered an infant. When they hit 3 years old they are considered Preschool age. Physical Development.
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gradually change. Infants have large heads in proportion to their bodies---this becomes more of a natural proportion.
Children try to understand new information 2 ways:
Assimilation: children take in new information and try to make it fit with what they currently know and understand. (example: thinking a black and white spotted dog is a cow)
Accommodation: children change their thinking to make new information fit. (learning the difference between a dog and a cow)
Solitary Play: Playing alone (1-2 years old)
Parallel Play: Playing alone but next to another child. (2-3 years old)