In Western culture, motor development of children is seen as part of natural development.  Therefore, it is taken for granted and proceeds relatively free of any framework. But in countries where a child needs to learn quickly how to fend for himself, greater attention is paid (more or less consciously) to motor development and adults direct themselves towards pushing forward a rapid and effective motor development of the child. Scientific research on motor development and practices, conducted in different countries, makes it possible to appreciate how great the differences are between cultures in terms of attention to motor development.  For example, Western mothers tend to talk a lot to their children, to show them objects and to stimulate them at a cognitive level, while leaving less room for aspects that are motor in nature.  By contrast, as already cited above, motor development is highly valued by adults in traditional African cultures because it provides, for the child, the ability to run, to escape from danger.  This attentiveness is expressed, for example, through giving toddlers little carts with long handles, which they push. By slowing the movement of the toddler, the cart helps him maintain his balance while walking.  Normally, a baby brought up like this will be walking by himself at the age of nine months. In Japan, on the other hand, in certain traditional villages, newborn babies are put face down on a clean surface, protected and soft to the touch, so that they can learn quickly how to move about, wriggling first and then on all fours.  These babies soon learn how to sit and stand up and start walking early. A child’s play adapts to the circumstances, comprised of time, place, materials and social relations.