Have you ever thought, “They know they are not allowed to climb on the table/run away from the table with food/run around the room/pull the leaves off the plant/ hide all the toys/climb on the chair…”?
Children indeed have a very good memory.
That said, they are also very impulsive and their impulse control is still developing.
So even if they may know what is expected, it doesn’t mean they are able to control their urges to cooperate.
That is why the role of the adult is so important in our setting.