2. Preoperational Stage
(2 to 7 years) Key characteristic of this stage is the symbolic function, which allows the child to learn through the use of mental images, language and other symbols that represent objects that aren't present. Language development a major hallmark of this period. Children during this sage engage in symbolic play and can solve problems mentally.(use of a broom for a horse and role - mommy, daddy, doctor etc..) - do not yet understand concrete logic.