Observe the child with various size toys and containers. For example, tiny objects with a toilet paper tube, ping pong balls with a small bucket, and a large ball with a laundry basket.
The adult prompts the child to put each ball in the right container.
The infant uses one or two hands as needed, grasps the objects appropriately, and reaches the right distance to make an accurate drop.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to involve children in putting things away. Provide examples of how parents can organize toys and materials in different containers. This not only teaches matching sizes, it helps children learn self-help skills.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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