Observe the child manipulating tiny small objects, such as pieces of cereal.
Provide a container with a small opening such as a narrow plastic bottle or vase. Demonstrate dropping items into the container.
The child may misjudge the placement of the object when releasing into a small opening.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to provide opportunities for infants to help them pick up small things (safe to put in the mouth). For example, the adult could engage the child in picking up cereal pieces to put into a bowl or give to the parent or sibling.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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