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How can I tell if my child can categorize objects?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Find ten new toys of about the same size. They should be small enough for your child to pick up but, obviously, large enough that if she puts them in her mouth, she cannot swallow them. Five of them should be animals. The other five should be vehicles (cars, trucks, and planes). Watch the order in which your child plays with the toys. As she gains knowledge about types of categories, she will generally touch members of one category and then members of the other. When she gets older, she may alternate, touching an animal and then a vehicle, another animal and another vehicle.
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