North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Health and Physical Development (HPD)

Subdomain: Motor Development

Goal: Children develop the large muscle control and abilities needed to move through and explore their environment.

Skill Progression: Motor activities

Age: 18-21 Months

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Moves a ride-on toy with both feet together or alternating

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with a small ride-on toy without wheels.

Elicitation Strategy

Assist the child if needed to get on the toy. Then encourage the child to move forward by suggesting a race or moving to a specific destination.

Behavior Observed

The child moves both feet together and pushes back to propel the toy forward. Alternatively, the child “walks” the toy forward with alternating feet.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Ride-on toys provide preliminary practice for the young child prior to riding a tricycle. They also enable the child to practice using the legs together in different ways. Such toys are often very inexpensive at garage sales.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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