Observe the child picking up small objects and releasing them into a container.
No elicitation needed.
The child’s grasp becomes more precise, as the child gradually controls the fingers and wrist.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to provide opportunities for the infant to self-feed with tiny bites. This gives the child an opportunity to practice picking up small objects. Provide different shapes and sizes of containers for the child to drop objects into. Large openings are needed at first, so the infant can be successful.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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