Present multiple small objects the child can grasp and maneuver within the child’s reach.
No elicitation may be needed. If the child does not spontaneously manipulate the objects, the adult should model actions.
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.
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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