Jane and Reese Make a Hammock for Jane's Baby

Feb. 23, 2010

Jane tells Denise that she is going to make a sling for her baby. Like other times before, she has taped together small pieces of paper to make a vertical line of papers that she hangs on to the end of the table. But this time she imagines that she can make it into some type of sling or hammock for her small doll. But she wants it to stay up and it won’t.

Denise: What’s holding it up? (Denise is holding up the other end in her hand.)
Jane: Maybe tape [will hold it up.]
Reese: Maybe she can tape it to the floor.
Jane: Maybe I can tape this on. (a piece of shiny paper)
Reese: She has to tape it on.
Jane: It keeps falling down. I taped it.
Reese: That’s ‘cause you need a longer piece.

Reese: This will help.
Reese: Goo-goo (Jane’s nick name), maybe 'cause it’s not long enough.
Reese: Maybe you have to add another picture.
(Reese does and the hanging falls after she lifts it up.)

Reese: (Comes over and Jane leaves) Maybe you have to put this in there.
(A little later)
Denise: (Holding up the end piece) What’s holding it up?
Reese: The tape. Maybe if we tape.

Denise: Now hold it. Let it go. (It falls.)
Reese: (Tells Denise to hold up the end.) No, hold it ‘cause I have to tape the other baby. This can’t work cause my baby keeps falling off.
Denise: How come your baby keeps falling off?
Reese: ‘Cause I keep taping it and it falls off.

Jane and Reese predicted that by adding tape, more paper—either on top of other pieces or to make it longer—or adding string paper, one or all would hold it together and hold it up. Finally Reese tapes the doll on and after several tries (she actually secures the doll to the paper) it lies on the bottom of the paper on the floor.

A little while later, and like other days before, Jane tapes both ends of string paper to the table and it makes a sling form—although she does not identify it as such.

Jane doesn't seem to realize that her body, which had functioned as a supporting anchor for the sling, could be replaced by another object—in this case, the end table where she stands, holding up one end to form a sling. From her vantage point, she has no visible stationary anchor to which to adhere the other end of her paper. Notice the doll and original sling where she anchored her string paper.

April 28, 2010

Reese sees the above photographs in a printout. She looks at them and tells Denise, “You have to put two heavier things up and then bring it across and then tape it. You have to tape two sides and then if you put the baby on it, it won’t fall off.”

Denise: Could you draw what you mean?

This drawing is difficult to see, but in the middle of the page is Reese’s doll drawn between two vertical lines. She drew the doll upside down with the (“head”) two curved lines coming together at the top of the head but not at the bottom. Making her drawing spacially proportionate, she composed dots for eyes with a nose dot between the eye dots. She then drew a short line across for the mouth. The remaining body is two short lines (“arms”) attached perpendicularly to two long lines (“legs”). The “two heavy things” are the long but lightly drawn lines that she drew across the page to which she connected the vertical lines of the “hammock.” This is the first time I’ve seen Reese draw a human figure.

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