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3V1120.01 Peggy’s invented games: extensive notes on animal play (2/15/81)

For the past week or more, Peggy and I have played together in a way that appears very important to her. that is, she is really hurt if I am unwilling to play. Last night she was unwilling to stop — without tears — only when I agreed to go up to bed and read ‘Lucky Luke’ to her. Of what does this play consist ?
We sit together in my large chair, my dust cover wrapped about us both to keep warm, and play with Peggy’s toy animals (usually in number between two and six). Peggy usually claims one role and asks me to assume another. She has only rarely taken on more than one role herself (but has done so). The primary element is ‘What do you want to do now, X ?^’ She repeats this distressingly frequently — so much so one of my main challenges has become to push the burden of questions back on her by responding ‘I don’t know, what do YOU want to do ?’ and so forth. I believe this question appears so frequently because the limited number and length of Peggy’s play scripts. Let me try to detail a few of them.
Eating Ice Cream : beginning
1. Let’s eat ice cream. 2. concurrence
1. movements away from and back to 2. no action
second critter, accompanied by a…
typical action word specification :
1. leaning over the ice-cream with 2.. same
dialogue : ‘gobble, gobble….and
even slurp.’

Jumping on the Head
Beginning – end : One critter jumps on the head of another accompanied by the sounds /giu/ (gjew).

Going for a Ride
beginning : Peggy plays both roles, the rider can be any critter. The mount is usually one of two horses, the calico (or Blue Mane) but can be any large animal. The rider (1) asks if it can go for a ride. (2) The mount agrees. They bounce about together for a short time.

Hiding :
I ask Peggy ‘What do you want to do now ?’
1. She sneaks her animal up my arm, hides it behind my neck, and giggles.
2. She whips it over the arm of the chair.
3. She secrets it under the dust cover
In each case, my animal wanders about the chair calling for the other. (The game can be played with roles reversed.)


3V112002 Squirting (skunks; rabbits squirt with their ears.) (2/15/81)

Peggy has a skunk… it attacks other animals by SQUIRTING them with its tail. (Does this show the influences of Robby, Miriam ?) Squirting is NOT limited to the skunk. Most other animals also squirt from tails. An exception is the rabbit. It has a button tail — so it squirts with its EARS ! !

I will try to describe other such scripts as I observe them. The general impression I have is that the behavior in all these games has roots in such simple scripts or in surface features of the particular toys — I have no examples at hand. I need to note one when next observed.


3V112201 Same vs. Different: different animals, same activities (2/17/81)

Peggy sat in my lap, playing her animal game (see examples in videotape, e.g. P162). I tired of it and she volunteered, ‘I know…let’s play a different game.’ I agreed enthusiastically, so she got from her toy box two different animals, sat in my lap and asked, ‘What do you want to do now, animal-name ?’ I asked, ‘Is this a different game or the same game ?’ she responded, ‘A different game.’… but it proved not so.


3V112401 Singing: quiet activities of self-construction (2/19)81)

Peggy’s repertoire of songs is sometimes surprising. On her recent trip to Boston with Robby, I found she knew a bit of ‘The cat came back’ (A song I know not but Robby does know, perhaps from a Disney program).

This afternoon, Peggy sat singing quietly to herself on the couch, ‘Oh dear, what can the matter be’ and ‘I want my shirt’ – the latter from the Marx’s Brothers’ movie ‘Coconuts’ (which she has never seen) was modified to ‘I want my Mimi.’ The former song was the more interesting because it has a story line, which Peggy got right, even though she has no regular melody (what appeared was just a varying pitch) and no regular, complete surface text. That is, she made up the ‘song’ out of its story elements and fragments of text such as ‘what is the matter’ and ‘at the fair’ (to her, this is probably Jacob’s Beach).

This is an example, not surprising in itself, of how Peggy’s mind is active, amusing herself, in quiet constructive ways.


Peggy Study, Panel P160

Themes: Typewriters & Letters, Puzzle Assembly, Order (Rods) & Classification (Shapes)
Source: (Lawler); date: 2/15/1981

Text commentary: These clips show language development and Peggy’s engagement with all these issues

P160A Talk Snippet, 2mb

P160B1 Typewriter, 20mb

P160B2 IBM Selectric, 23mb

P160B3 IBM Selectric, 21mb

P160C School Bus Puzzle, 20mb

P160D1 Cuisenaire Rods, 21mb

P160D2 Cuisenaire Rods, 13mb

P160E1 Shapes Families, 6mb

P160E2 Shapes Families, 22mb

P160F School Bus Puzzle, 3mb