I've recently read an article about the skills/descriptors that parents mark as being indicative of giftedness in their young child e.g. memory, alphabet, language, creativity etc. Anyway the article found that the two items Abstract Thinking and Memory correlated the most highly with IQ.
I was wondering what you think Abstract Thinking looks like in a 2yo?
I read one example for older children that might be helpful. Say there are two girls playing. One girl puts something on the table then goes outside. The other girl puts the item under a pillow and then goes outside. The first girl comes back in. Where does she look for her item?
The gifted child responds "on the table". Typically developing children say "under the pillow", because they do not yet understand that all people don't have the information they know.
Here are some examples of abstracts that DD could comprehend between around ages 2 and 3:
* She could enumerate very high, and understood that the last number enumerated correlated to the total number of objects in the set, and that the total doesn't change if you count the same set multiple times, unless objects are added or removed.
* If given a number under 1000, she could tell you what number was before or after it
* She understood that higher numbers identified larger groups of objects; and that higher numbers = more objects, compared to lower numbers = less objects.
* She understood that groups of letters made words, and that changing the letters in the word would make it a different word.
* Around age 3, we got a mapping GPS, and she understood that what was shown on the map correlated to real places.
I remember DS1 at that age developing a theory about animate and inanimate objects.
I told him "let's go up to bed, your sleepsack is waiting for you!" and he giggled, explaining to his stupid mother: "Mama, a sleepsack can't be waiting, a sleepsack is just lying around! It does not have eyes after all!" (you could just imagine him 10 years later, going "duh!" and rolling his eyes...). So his stuffed animals, having eyes, were clearly animate. I remember him being very confused and irritated at the time, even scared a bit, by characters from Cars and Thomas the Tank Engine who, being cars and tank engines, should not have eyes according to him.