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: Ball skills

Age: 21-24 Months

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Catches a large ball that is close with arms straight out

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child interacting with a ball.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult gets the child’s attention and gives the child time to prepare by saying; “Catch!” then gently throws the ball to the child.

Behavior Observed

The child catches with straight arms.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

At this age, balls become a challenge. Children want to demonstrate their skills with catching, throwing and kicking. Turn taking with the adult is an important social activity and balls provide a perfect reason to take turns. Remind early childhood educators and parents that children of this age need large, soft balls and a close target. Too much distance will discourage them from trying.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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