Friday, 13 January 2012
Why do toddlers line things up?
Freddy (25 months) has been lining things up neatly for nearly a year now and the phase shows no sign of ending.
He lines up his cars (at 6am).....
He lines up his toys, potties and bags....,
And he even lines up his art supplies......
He has a lovely cousin who also lines his cars up so I was really intrigued to investigate why he might be doing it.
Montessori observed that a sensitive period for order starts from birth and peaks at 18 months to 2.5 years and prolongs to age five and it is characterised by a desire for consistency and repetition. In fact it is perhaps one of the biggest reasons for the perception of the 'terrible twos', along with the desire for independence, when a child is upset that something is 'not as it should be'.
By creating order in the external world the internal mind becomes ordered and this gives a sense of comfort to most children. I also think it's a wonderful example of the start of catagorisation skills that will help him to make sense of the world around him.
I can't help but smile when I discover one of his little 'works'; it's just the way that he does it and then walks off with not even a 'tadaaa!!'