List of Skills by Age
Tracks objects and faces
Uses mouthing, reaching, grasping, and kicking to explore objects
Uses fingers to explore and grasp
Examines things from different perspectives to explore size, shape, texture, sound, etc.
Uses hands and fingers to try to put things together
Uses both fine and gross motor skills to explore and experiment with dropping, throwing, and other cause-and effect actions
Puts objects on top of each other
Uses a variety of objects together in different ways in trial-and-error
Uses real and pretend objects together functionally
Uses tools to solve a problem (a fork to stab a bite, a hammer to pound, sifter, funnel)
Experiments with putting things together and taking them apart
Investigates how to manipulate things by tearing, stretching, unwrapping, etc.
Interconnects parts to construct a simple 4-5-piece puzzle, nest objects, etc.
Uses household objects (pillows, blankets, boxes) to create spaces to explore
Constructs enclosures of different sizes in dramatic play
Combines blocks or 8-12 puzzle pieces to make a representation
Attends to more than one characteristic (shape and color, color and size, texture and color, etc.)
Understands orientation of objects, letters and pictures as an important characteristic