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: 48-54 Months

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Creates representations with paper, clay, sand, small boxes, etc.

Situations for Observation of Skill

Children can work alone or in small groups to create a model of the classroom. Have everyone sit facing the door. Provide a variety of materials for construction, drawing, and decorating.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult first asks the child to draw a picture of the classroom. “Pretend this paper is the room. Where would the door be?” Once everyone has the door marked on their paper, add a couple of other items. Then ask children to draw the items and people in the room on their paper. When this is done, tell them they can now make items from clay, paper, or other materials to put in their classroom.

Behavior Observed

The child will combine various materials to create 3-D models.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to have an easily cleaned art area or place for art materials to be kept. When children are “bored” suggest a special project for them to create (e.g. a gift, a prop for their dramatic play area, a piece of art to be in the “temporary exhibit” in the living room, etc.)

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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