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: 6-8 Months

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Drops, throws, pushes, and pulls objects

Situations for Observation of Skill

Present small objects, such as cars, toys with a string, or toys that rock.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation may be needed. If the child does not spontaneously manipulate the objects, the adult should model actions.

Behavior Observed

The child understands that objects move and can be combined to make noise. The child experiments with (shakes, bangs, pushes, etc.) toys to see what they do.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to observe what the infant does with toys, then expand actions. Infants initially shake and bang objects, then begin to move them in different ways. Early childhood educators and parents help infants learn by modeling new actions for them. They need to wait and watch what the child does, then add a new action that is just slightly harder than what the child did.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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