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: 36-42 Months

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Strings small beads

Situations for Observation of Skill

Have small items for the child to manipulate, such as small beads, pasta, or cereal loops, and a thick string or shoelace.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult encourages the child to make a necklace for dramatic play or a present for a relative.

Behavior Observed

The child aims the end of the string at the small opening and manipulates it through the opening of the bead or pasta, demonstrating good eye-hand coordination.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Many art projects allow children to practice eye-hand coordination. Provide opportunities for the children to use tiny stickers, glue hole punch holes on paper cards as designs, make and use sewing cards, create necklaces with common materials, etc.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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