Observe the infant playing with a small object such as a block or toy animal.
No elicitation needed.
In the early stage of this range, the infant demonstrates a palmer grasp. As the child matures, the object moves from the palm toward the thumb-side of the palm and the thumb is actively involved in the grasp.
Explain to early childhood educators and parents the development of grasp, from the little finger side of the palm to the thumb-side and from the palm to the fingers to the thumb and forefinger. It is fun for early childhood educators and parents to watch this trajectory evolve over time.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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