spycology class discussion about kids

Canada
April 24, 2007 4:49pm CST
ok in high scool i got in a big debate about a subject in spycology class. here was the question. if a toddler saw a rubber duck in a pond would he/she think to helrself i allready have one at home i don't need that one. or would they try to get it? i argued for days that they would try to get it from the pond. what would be your answer. and have you experienced this type of situation with anything being out of a kids reach that they want and try to get or say they allready have one.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
24 Apr 07
My son has an elmo that sings, he got it for Christmas. It's still out in stores, sometimes we'll go down the toy aisle, he'll see it and start crying for it and reaching out for it. So I think they'll still try to get it.
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• Canada
24 Apr 07
i forgot to mention my teacher told me i was wrong. she said the toddler would think to himself he allready has one at home. this is why we argued for days. but you know what. when my daughter was about 2 1/2 she did something like this to me. i can't really remember what she wanted, but something was in something and she walked by and saw it. then she says i have one of those at home right mom, can i play with it when i get home. i couldn't beleive it. i remember coming home and calling one of my old friends who was in that class too to tell her about what had just happened and i was appearently wrong. but i know it is a strange occurance for a kid to not want what they see when they see it.
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• United States
24 Apr 07
I think that young children will want the toy that they see. If you explain to them you already have that toy at home and you can play with yours when we get home they may be able to understand that forget about it tell they get home.
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
24 Apr 07
I don't think a toddler would have that kind of deductive reasoning at the age of four or five. They may recall there being a rubber duck at home but that is at home not here not now. I think if you would actually test these toddlers you would find most will go and try and get the rubber duck in plain sight. I do believe with most toddlers you will find that the old saying out of site out of mind is at work here.
@Michele21 (3094)
• United States
25 Apr 07
I totally would think the kid would grab it...my daughter would say "Now I have two and they can play together". I think it would be rare for them not to want it-like your daughter did =)
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