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: 10-12 Months

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Rolls a ball toward an adult

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant playing with toys and balls.

Elicitation Strategy

If the infant does not spontaneously roll the ball, the adult can sit across from the child, roll a ball to him, and ask for it to be rolled back.

Behavior Observed

The infant plays ball and takes several turns rolling the ball to the adult.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

When infants discover they can throw objects, throwing becomes a new adventure. They especially like watching things disappear from the high chair tray. Assure parents that this is a phase. Adults can turn throwing into a learning activity by using balls or providing containers to throw or drop items into. Let early childhood educators and parents know that ball play is important because it teaches children turn-taking, which is important for communication and social interaction.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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