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: 27-30 Months

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Attends to more than one characteristic of objects at a time (visual and sensory)

Situations for Observation of Skill

Have a variety of sensory art materials available (e.g., hard, soft, sticky, fluffy), plus paper or other material to which items may be attached (e.g., toilet paper tubes).

Elicitation Strategy

Demonstrate how materials can be combined if needed; then let the child explore and experiment.

Behavior Observed

The child tries different materials, commenting on their colors, textures, arrangement, etc.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Explain the importance of having different types of sensory materials in the child’s art activities. Early childhood educators and parents may not understand that differentiation of sensory input is as important as differentiation of visual or auditory input.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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