Observe the child reach for and grasp a small object about the size of a Ping Pong ball.
Place the small object in front of the child while sitting. Later place a container in front of the child and prompt the child to, “Put it in.” Demonstrate dropping an object in the container if needed.
As the child matures the grasp of the object moves from the palm toward the fingers. The wrist starts to extend, so the reach is more precise.
Help parents understand how the grasp and release develops so they can observe the process as it develops. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to present objects of different (safe) sizes from varying distances, so the infant learns to modify the reach and grasp appropriately.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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