Field notes 3yrs-7yrsBristin WhitleyJuly 16, 2018For this age group field observation, I visited the Florida Mall Play Place. While I knew this would be an active area for children at the mall, I was not expecting the massive amount of children that were there. As it turns out, it was “Pay-your-age” day at Build-a-Bear Workshop and so for crowd control, the store had set cue lines near the play area. This allowed the children to play while the parents stood in line. 2:30pm-2:45pmRight away I was overwhelmed by the amount of movement and chaos I see in the play area, as I find a seat along the benches, a young boy, maybe 5 years old is climbing over the bench nearly knocking over my coffee. He kicked off his shoes without paying attention to where they went and ran to play with a glass window-like are on the floor of the play area. Several other kids were also there, on hands and knees, crawling over and sitting on the small window. It looked like some kind of pretend fish tank or pond. The kids poked and tapped on the glass and stared at it. Several of the children looked like they were following something (maybe a pretend fish), turning their bodies and craning their necks to watch. For convenience of taking notes, I decide to primarily observe one child. I chose a girl in a pink shirt, glasses, and pig-tails. She alsowatched the fish pond for a moment and then got up and walked over to a giant mushroom tree. She hugged the tree and looked around the mall. The area was very busy with the cue line,all the kids and the other shoppers around, but nothing seemed to really grab her attention. After standing at the tree for a few moments she runs a few feet over and runs up the small hill,climbing towards the top, and then stands at the top for a moment, looking around, before running back down. She does this for the next few minutes. Twice she stayed on top of the hill a bit longer to watch all the kids around her and then scan the rest of the mall area and run back down. She alternated between the hill and a stepping stone area that lit up as the kids walked across. She clearly wanted to be where there wasn't a crowd. As soon as another kid came over to the stepping stones she moved to the side to let them play and then she moved back when they left. I believe this was a form of egocentrism. Though it was a large area, the girl didn't want to share the space she was using. This is fitting because her age would categorize her in the Piaget’s preoperational stage.
- Spring '16
- Sibling, Boy, Florida Mall