Transitory moments as “affective moments of action” in toddler play

Gloria Quinones, Liang Li, Avis Ridgway

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This chapter examines how toddlers develop affective relations while they play. A cultural–historical approach is used to understand affect and play. Visual methodologies are used to illustrate moments of affect in peer play. The case study involves two Australian-borne babies aged one and a half and two with Mexican and Chinese heritages, respectively. The case example analyses how transitory moments emerge when there are “affective moments of action”, as toddlers play together affectively and reciprocally. It is found that toddler’s affective actions are important in how they develop their play. Familiar games such as peek-a-boo, crawling like dogs and hop up and down like bunnies were played and shared in affective moments of action. These affective moments of action as transitory moments involved toddlers’ self-awareness of each other, change of actions and the sharing of multiple affective gazes and movements used to play collectively. Important implications for future research involve being aware of how peer play offers the exploration of toddlers’ will and agency and development of affective interest in each other’s play and games.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudying Babies and Toddlers
Subtitle of host publicationRelationships in Cultural Contexts
EditorsLiang Li, Gloria Quiñones, Avis Ridgway
Place of PublicationSingapore Singapore
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789811031977
ISBN (Print)9789811031953
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development
ISSN (Print)2468-8746
ISSN (Electronic)2468-8754


  • Affective action
  • Affective moments
  • Toddlers play
  • Transitory moments

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