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: 15-18 Months

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Spontaneously scribbles on paper or other surface

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the child with paper and a crayon or marker.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult gives the child a paper and pencil, crayon, or marker.

Behavior Observed

The child spontaneously scribbles on the paper without a model. Uses whole arm and wrist to scribble.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage early childhood educators and parents to let children play with non-toxic markers and boards, doodle boards, crayons and paper and sidewalk chalk. Children like to scribble and make marks with stamps as well.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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