"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.