Observe the child with blocks, puzzles, nesting cups or dolls, etc.
Take apart the items presented and watch to see what the child does.
The child will be challenged to see if she can reconstruct or make something new with the materials. This demonstrates the child’s self-motivation and goal orientation.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to provide simple ways for children to experiment with fitting things together (stacking bowls and lids, pots and pans, boxes of different sizes, etc.) Puzzles and commercial toys are also good for observing this behavior.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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