Childhood in the Past
The overall goal of this paper is to derive a set of generalizations that might characterize children as tool makers/users in the earliest human societies. These generalizations will be sought from the collective wisdom of four distinct bodies of scholarship: lithic archaeology; juvenile chimps as novice tool users; recent laboratory work in human infant and child cognition, focused on objects becoming tools and; the ethnographic study of children learning their community’s tool-kit. The presumption is that this collective wisdom will yield greater insight into children’s development as tool producers and users than has been available to scholars operating within narrower disciplinary limits.
Lancy, David F., "Homo faber juvenalis: A Multidisciplinary Survey of Children as Tool Makers/Users" (2017). Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology Faculty Publications. Paper 642.