Observe the child using a tool such as a fork or spoon, a toy hammer, a funnel to fill a bottle.
Provide the tools. If the child does not spontaneously use the tool, demonstrate its use. See if the child understands and imitates the actions.
The child uses the tool to achieve a goal (whether it is for the intended use or something creative).
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to let children figure out problems by using tools: a stool to get an object; a vacuum to clean; a sponge to wash dishes, etc. Tool use teaches children problem solving.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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