The Etch-A-Sketch task is a cooperative learning challenge task that requires a parent to work together with their child in order to succeed. The parent and child are given one Etch-A-Sketch board and are instructed to use the board to copy a series of three designs that increase in complexity. The parent and child must work together as one controls the left knob (draws only horizontal lines) and one controls the right knob (draws only vertical lines). The parent and child are allowed a maximum of 5 minutes to complete each design, and participants are told that their accuracy on completing or copying the designs will be checked by the experimenter.

Available measurements
  • Main Cohort

  • 3 years
  • P1
    34 months - 4.7 years   From 2005-01-01 to 2009-12-31

  • 4 years
  • P1
    46 months - 6.2 years   From 2006-01-01 to 2010-12-31

  • 9-10 years
  • P1
    8.7 - 12.5 years   From 2012-01-01 to 2016-12-31

    Mode of collection Observation
    Instrument name Mother-child interaction: Etch-a-Sketch task
    Alternate name Mother-child interaction
    Measure name Parental sensitivity
    Erickson, M. F., & Egeland, B. (1990). Child Play Rating Scales. Minneapolis, MN: Project STEEP, University of Minnesota.
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