Toy manufacturer Fisher-Price has developed an IQ test for six- to 12-month-old babies that has raised some eyebrows among child development experts. Does the test really offer parents valid information about their child's intelligence and level of developmental milestones or is it designed to sell more stuff to already paranoid moms and dads?
The Fisher-Price IQ test was created by Dr. Dorothy Einon, a lecturer in psychology at University College London and the author of child development books, in response to corporate research that indicated parents wanted a guide to their child's intellectual development, such as recognizing and naming shapes and colors, reports Britain's Telegraph newspaper.
The Fisher-Price IQ test for babies 6- to 12-months of age:
Each question has a choice of a, b, or c. Choose the one that best fits your child's behavior. Do not pick any answer if your child does not do the activities listed.
1. Does your child:
a. Turn his/her head away when he doesn't want food.
b. Lift his/her harms to be picked up.
c. Play pat-a-cake or wave goodbye.
2. Can your child:
a. Grab a toy you hand him.
b. Drop a toy on purpose.
c. Stack two cups or two bricks.
3. When playing with a toy that includes doors or flaps, does your child:
a. Find opening the door/flap too difficult.
b. Use his/her hand or finger to push the door/flap open.
c. Is able to both open and close a door/flap with ease.
4. When your child is being fed, does he/she:
a. Need you to feed him/her.
b. Use his/her whole hand to try to pick up small food items like peas.
c. Use his/her finger and thumb to pick up small food items like peas.
5. Does your child:
a. Enjoy songs like: "This little piggy" or "Ride a cock horse."
b. Move his hand and/or foot in readiness for "This little piggy."
c. Do the action for one song like "Pat-a-cake."
6. Does your child:
a. Ignore his/her toy teddy he drops.
b. Look for his/her toy teddy he drops.
c. Intentionally drops his/her toy teddy and watches where it goes.
7. Can your child:
a. Have a babble conversation with you.
b. Look where you look.
c. Imitate an action such as pretending to drink from a toy cup.
8. When playing with his toy phone, does your child:
a. Treat it in the same way as all other toys.
b. Show an interest in what the toy phone can do.
c. Do what is expected: press buttons, put to his/her ear, etc.
9. Does your child:
a. Look away and take no notice when you hide a toy under a cloth.
b. Look under the cloth to see where the toy is if part of it is peeping out.
c. Lift the cloth to find the hidden toy.
10. When you call your child's name, does he:
a. Ignore his/her name being called.
b. Turn to you when you call his/her name.
c. Know his/her name and recognize Mommy and Daddy when asked "Where's Mommy/Daddy?"
Average 6-month-old: 8-9 points
Average 9-month-old: 13-15 points
Average 12-month-old: 24-26 points