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: Drawing

Age: 33-36 Months

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Uses lines and circles in drawings

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with a piece of paper and pencil.

Elicitation Strategy

Ask the child to draw a picture of something she likes.

Behavior Observed

Children’s drawing looks different than their writing. Drawing has defined and recognizable areas, with lines inside and outside of circles or lines that represent objects. Separate areas depict different aspects of the picture. Writing is connected loops or marks in a series.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Explain to parents that at this level children understand the difference between drawing and writing. Early childhood educators and parents can encourage development of both by talking about children’s drawings and asking them to add details (e.g., “Where is the grass the flower grows in?”). Adults can also assist by drawing with children to provide a model, and asking the children to label their work.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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