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: 12-15 Months

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Pushes and pulls toys around the house or yard

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with wheeled toys, such as doll strollers, string-pull toys, etc.

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child pushes and pulls objects to make things go. The child pushes toys on his knees while crawling and practices pushing and pulling while walking.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents can give the child many ways to build balance, strength, and coordination. In addition to push-pull toys, they can involve the child in daily routines, such as pushing or pulling the laundry basket to the washer, pulling pots out of the cupboards, or pushing a stroller outside.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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