Observe the child with puzzles, connecting toys, blocks, pop beads, etc.
If the child does not spontaneously put objects together, demonstrate with a model. See if the child imitates the model or constructs something new.
The child will connect objects in various ways depending on the objects used: connecting Duplos or pop-beads, combining puzzle pieces, etc.
Many parents may not have puzzles and blocks. They can use pipe cleaners and Cheerios or other cereal; put lids on pots or bowls; put bowls of different sizes in sizes together, etc. Early childhood educators and parents need to understand how they can use everyday objects as well as toys for helping children learn how to construct and deconstruct items.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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