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: 24-27 Months

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Experiments with materials, objects, and instruments

Situations for Observation of Skill

Provide a variety of art materials, including paper, crayons, glue, macaroni or cereal shapes, pipe cleaners, stickers, puff balls, etc.

Elicitation Strategy

Demonstrate how paper can be folded and torn. Twist and bend the pipe cleaners, and show the child how glue is used to combine objects. Then let the child explore independently.

Behavior Observed

The child experiments with a variety of ways of using the materials.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Parents may not think about art activities for children of this age, and they often fear the messes children may make. Encourage them to set up an easily cleanable area (e.g., newspapers or plastic table cloth) and provide simple, safe materials. Tell them to save free stickers they get in the mail, old greeting cards, bows, and so on. Have an art box for children to keep their art materials.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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