Observe the child with objects that require two hands to manipulate.
Have a toy that needs two hands to operate, such as a jack-in-the-box.
Reaches forward, with both arms and hands, but hands are doing different activities. One hand stabilizes an object, while the other one does an action.
Introduce activities that require two hands, such as drawing, using a bowl and spoon to stir, holding a toy with one hand, activating it with another, etc. Explain to early childhood educators and parents how as the child matures, an increasing number of activities will require different movements on alternate sides of the body. Provide activities that encourage using hands in different ways, such as holding a box and removing the top.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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