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Examples of the different stages of development
SENSORIMOTOR -This type is most associated with infancy. It involves the different senses; for example, tactile, movement, sound, and visual experiences.
The young infant was crawling across the carpet and stopped to observe when he noticed that the carpet ended and the tiles started. This could have been because the tiles were cold or they were smooth or because they made a different sound when crawling across them. Whatever the reason the child was aware of his surroundings.

The preoperational stage occurs between ages two and six. Language development is one of the hallmarks of this period. Piaget noted that children in this stage do not yet understand concrete logic, cannot mentally manipulate information, and are unable to take the point of view of other people, which he termed egocentrism.
The 5 year old girl was playing with the broom and pretending it was a horse, while her 6 year old brother had a stick and was imitating the actions and sounds of a gun. This is an example of children being able to use an object to represent something else, which occurs in this preoperational stage.
3.CONCRETE OPERATIONAL –The concrete operational stage begins around age seven and continues until approximately age eleven. During this time, children gain a better understanding of mental operations. Children begin thinking logically about concrete events, but have difficulty understanding abstract or hypothetical concept.  
For example, a child might be able to recognize that his or her dog is a Labrador, that a Labrador is a dog, and that a dog is an animal. Being able to reverse the order of relationships between mental categories is an example of concrete operational development.
4.FORMAL OPERATIONAL - While children tend to think very concretely and specifically in earlier stages, the ability to think about abstract concepts emerges during the formal operational stage. Instead of relying solely...