Observe the child during playtime with blocks or stacking cups and toys with tools, such as a hammer.
No elicitation needed. If the toys are novel to the child, the adult may need to demonstrate.
The child picks up tools in a grasp appropriate for its use and uses force when necessary to pull or hit.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to involve the child in activities that require them to adjust the use of force. For example, closing a door, pulling a wagon, carrying heavy books, all require different movements and force. Encourage parents to involve children in chores involving stacking, such as stacking cups, plates, and bowls.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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