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: 30-33 Months

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Zigzag scribbles are added to loops

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with markers and paper next to an adult with paper and a marker.

Elicitation Strategy

Let the child draw spontaneously and see what is drawn.

Behavior Observed

The child’s marks on paper include scribble, vertical, horizontal, and zigzag lines.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

The child’s movements are becoming more precise, and scribbling can be writing or drawing. Encourage parents to provide time and opportunities for children to draw every day. They can use paintbrushes and watercolors, sidewalk chalk, or magic writing boards, as well as crayons and markers.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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