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March 29, 2010

The Way Preschoolers Think


Which way is the bus below traveling?

To the left or to the right?

Can't make up your mind?

Look carefully at the picture again.

Still don't know?

Preschoolers all over the United States were shown this picture and asked the same question. 90% of the preschoolers gave this answer: "The bus is traveling to the left."

When asked "Why do you think the bus is traveling to the left?" they answered:

"Because you can't see the door to get on the bus."

Someone sent this to me, isn't this great?

39 comments:

Ronda Laveen said...

Very astute observation by those little tykes.

Eternally Distracted said...

Kids are so clever!! I looked and looked and looked and have NO IDEA!!

Suecae Sounds said...

They beat me! :)

Sheri said...

So cute!

Rock Chef said...

I guess I am officially dumber than a pre-schooler!

(We have a quiz show over here called "Are you dumber than a 10 year old"...)

Dave King said...

Superb post. Succinct and totally absorbing - the way pre-schools always are.

Shadowthorne @ Ramzu Zahini said...

.... hurm. If they asked me, I would not be able to answer. Mainly because I didn't go to school by bus :)

DJan said...

I decided it wasn't any different on either side but missed the obvious! What a great test, and I didn't get it, but of course they are right, the door is on the other side!!! Smart kids.

Jeanie said...

The sad thing is that I'm not too surprised that a pre-schooler is smarter than I am. I learned that when I taught pre-cshool many years ago.

willow said...

Oh, that's brilliant! It's been too long since I boarded a school bus.

Ina in Alaska said...

Hooray! I think like a preschooler too! I guessed to the left before I read the post conclusion! xoxo

Sunshine said...

wow amazing it's cool i still can't decide which way the bus is going.. I think left not sure .. cool one

Kazzy said...

I wonder if my kindergarteners would get that!

Enchanted Oak said...

OMG! How logical! My answer was going to be: It isn't traveling at all.

Kathy M. said...

Wow. That's fascinating. I didn't even think about the door. I got stuck trying to decode the thick line on the bottom. Thanks, as always, for making me see things in a new way.

Kristina P. said...

Kids are a lot smarter than we think!

janeywan said...

TB,

I can't see the picture. Guess it's on my end, cause everyone else seems to be able to see it. Heading over to IE to see if that works.

Maggie said...

I can't see the picture either! Something is wrong with Blogger!! grr. I'll come back later and see if i can see it.

Lola Sharp said...

I was clueless.

English Rider said...

The ability to visualize that which is not there and include it in the image before them.

Do these same charming kids grow up to be conspiracy theorists? Believe what you think, not that which is proven to be true. (Sorry, my bus took a detour!)

A Free Man said...

What about in countries where we drive on the left, by that logic the bus would be traveling to the right! ;)

Maggie said...

I can see it now! That is very interesting! It's amazing how kids can see some things clearer than us adults.

blueviolet said...

Preschoolers are smarter than adults!

Syd said...

I didn't even think of that.

Margie said...

This is great!
Loved it!
Kids are so smart!

Sweet dreams my friend.
Paying you a late night visit tonight.
First chance to get by to visit, a very busy day today.

Margie :)x

Shadow said...

okay fine......

Steve E said...

I said "Right" but just guessing. Here's another "guess": It's back to PRE-SCHOOL for this blogger!

PEACE!

deb said...

dang.... am I old enough to claim dementia?

Unknown Mami said...

You know I thought left, but not because of the missing door. Kids are friggin' so much smarter than I am.

BrightenedBoy said...

I said left, too. I love that my instincts are in line with those of 90% of preschoolers.

Everyday Goddess said...

We were all just as smart once. Sigh.

Cheryl said...

Yes, they outdid me too!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

So, very, very smart...What a fun post!

LadyFi said...

I love the way kids think. They are very smart!

beth said...

forget the "are you smarter than a 5th grader" show since i just failed preschool right here on your blog :)

Shanel said...

preschoolers are definitely smarter than me.... I had NO clue

gayle said...

Little ones are so much smarter than we give them credit for sometimes!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Those are some smart kids! I thought it was traveling to the left but I couldn't tell you why.
Very interesting.
xo

The Absence of Alternatives said...

This is awesome! Does it have something to do with age? I am going to show it to my kids!