North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Health and Physical Development (HPD)

Subdomain: Motor Development

Goal: Children develop small muscle control and hand-eye coordination to manipulate objects and work with tools.

Skill Progression: Manipulation/Tool use

Age: 27-30 Months

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Stacks 8-10 small items

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with blocks or other stackable items.

Elicitation Strategy

Provide small items, such as blocks and ask, “How high can you stack them?”

Behavior Observed

The child stacks 8-10 small items.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early parents can provide small (but still safe-sized) blocks. Children learn about balance and precise placement by building tall building towers. Make it fun, by building together and then knocking them down with toy trucks.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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