Creativing and Cognitive Development, Week 4: Piaget and Child Psychology

Before Piaget’s work, the common assumption in psychology was that children are merely less competent thinkers than adults. Whereas in reality, young children simply think in a different way to adults. Because children have a much more limited vocabulary than adults, in replacement for words they communicate via creativity such as drawing.


As a task, we were given drawings created by children and we had to analyse them estimating why we thought the child had drawn the character in that.
Why I thought this character was drawn in this way;

  • This character was given wonky eyes so that it had the capability to look all over the place so that it could take extra good care of you.
  • He’s a cowboy but he’s sad because he doesn’t have any arms, therefore he can hold a lasso or a gun.
  • He’s shaped like a boat so that he can float on water and the bumps on his back are seats for children.
  • He’s green because its a camouflage colour so he can hide from bad guys.

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