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: 24-27 Months

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Lines up objects, such as blocks or dolls

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child in play with multiple toys of the same type (little cars, blocks, poker chips, etc.)

Elicitation Strategy

No elicitation needed.

Behavior Observed

The child arranges objects in different ways. Making long lines is particularly appealing.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Tell early childhood educators and parents that children learn about space by manipulating objects into horizontal and vertical spaces. Toys and household items are also fun to arrange. Lids, paper plates, etc. are also fun to line up.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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