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 small muscle control and hand-eye coordination to manipulate objects and work with tools.

Skill Progression: Manipulation/Tool use

Age: 18-21 Months

Click here to go to all skills for ages 18-21 Months.

Beginning to string large beads or put chips in a slot

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child using fingers to string beads, feed a piggy bank, and read a book with an adult.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult plays with the child and demonstrates the different activities.

Behavior Observed

The child orients the string toward the hole in the bead. (If the bead is large and the end of the string is stiff, the child may get it in the hole.) The child enjoys getting the money or poker chips to drop into a slot. This requires orienting the chip to the slot.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

A simple, but popular homemade toy is a Pringles can with a slot cut in the top and poker chips. Encourage parents to provide opportunities such as this for the child to practice fine motor skills during play. (They can also put toast in a toaster slot, a DVD in the player, dollars in a wallet, etc.)

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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