North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Cognitive Development (CD)

Subdomain: Creative Expression

Goal: Children demonstrate appreciation for different forms of artistic expressions.

Skill Progression: Art

Age: 21-24 Months

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Prefers using a tool with materials like play dough

Situations for Observation of Skill

Provide play dough or use real cookie dough and different rollers, presses, and cookie cutters.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult can play with the child. Experiment with the tools and let the child create what he wants.

Behavior Observed

The child prefers using tools to just using his hands.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

As children become more adept with fine motor skills, they want to use tools in their play. Encourage parents to let children use safe household tools (spoons, tongs, spatulas, etc.) to explore and create.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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