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: Drawing

Age: 10-12 Months

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Tries to imitate adult marks on paper by banging dots or short marks

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child and adult with markers and paper.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult makes marks on paper and then gives the infant a pencil or crayon and paper. Both now make marks together.

Behavior Observed

The infant watches the adult and then bangs the marker on the paper and looks for marks.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Early childhood educators and parents often do not think about letting infants mark on paper. Observing adults making marks, however, motivates children to want to imitate them. Children like to see the effect they can make on white paper. With supervision, parents can let children experiment with a crayon or magnet doodle board.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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