North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Creative Expression

Goal: Children demonstrate self-expression and creativity in a variety of forms and contexts, including play, visual arts, music, drama, and dance.

Skill Progression: Art

Age: 21-24 Months

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Combines sand, water for tactile play

Situations for Observation of Skill

Provide a pitcher of water when the child is playing in a sand table or outdoors in a sand box.

Elicitation Strategy

If there is an outdoor sand box, add some water and build “mountains” or “hills” with the wet sand.

Behavior Observed

Three-dimensional representations are also beginning as the child manipulates tactile materials.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to let children experiment with combining sand and water. Children will learn how combining different amounts of materials results in different textures and sensory sensations. Encourage children to make familiar items, such as “little cakes.”

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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