Watch the child do a routine or engage with household materials that are not familiar (snap on/off lids and bowls of different sizes, measuring spoons, tissue and box, etc.)
Present a variety of materials and watch what the child does.
Does the child experiment with how to combine materials and shift them around? This rearrangement indicates the child has an idea of what should happen. He has a goal and is working to achieve it.
Explain to parents that allowing children to explore and experiment to figure out how to combine things does not require expensive puzzles or toys. Let the child play with materials in the cupboards when the adult is in the kitchen.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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