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"Lite Brite" And Cognitive Development From Piaget And Vygotsky

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From my childhood I recall going over to an older friend's house and playing with a game called "Lite Brite." This was a popular game made by Hasbro which originally was developed in 1968. 20 years later I was five years old and playing the same game with my six year old friend and her two year old younger brother. The game involved arranging small colorful lights in specific sequences to create some kind of picture. The lights, or "pegs," fit into small holes on a board and lit up once they were pushed into the board. A participant could either create their own design or follow a template provided in order to create a prefabricated scene. The template consisted of a piece of paper that was laid over the light board. Letters that symbolized colors were arranged on the piece of paper, specifying where to put the different colored pegs (pictures attached).I recall going over to my older friend's house and having her teach me how to play the game. We were sitting in a room together, and initially I was watching while my older friend, Leah, was putting the colorful pegs on the board. I had seen commercials for the product on TV and still remember the catchy song that accompanied the advertisement. Because of these commercials, I already had a rough idea of how to play the game. With Leah's experience and help, I was able to understand how to follow directions on the template in order to make a specific design. Letters of the alphabet represented the colors of pegs to use. For example, "p" was for purple, "r" was for red, etc. Leah showed me how to attach the template page to the board and begin searching through the pegs for the right color. The majority of Leah's instruction was administered through visuals which were accompanied with spoken instruction.Leah was older and had previous experience with the game, so it made sense that she was better than I was at the game. Initially, she made fewer mistakes with the colors than I did and she seemed to be much faster. However, after playing multiple times and having a decent amount of coaching from Leah, I was able to perform as well as she could.After a few minutes of playing, Leah's two year old brother, Michael, came to play with us. Michael was having trouble learning how to play. He did not seem to understand what the letters meant or even the concept of organized colors. His hand/eye coordination seemed to be less developed as he often had a difficult time placing the pegs in the holes. He also was unable to speak with us on an appropriate level to facilitate progress. Despite his shortcomings, he still seemed to find the game quite entertaining and enjoyed watching us play. Often he would interrupt us by trying to put a peg on the board even though it was incorrect. At the time, I remember feeling frustrated with Michael because he could not seem to understand what he was doing wrong or how he could fix it. He also spent a lot of time putting the pegs in his mouth which Leah's mother was not very...

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