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 self-expression and creativity in a variety of forms and contexts, including play, visual arts, music, drama, and dance.

Skill Progression: Art

Age: 54-60 Months

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Uses a variety of tools, scissors, markers, fasteners to create scenes, props, etc.

Situations for Observation of Skill

The activity can be done in conjunction with the music activity above. Children can plan, design, and create props and a mural backdrop for their song/drama/dance performance.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult leads the brainstorming for what the children want as a backdrop or need for props. She then assigns groups to work on the creation of each. All the children can draw and create a mural together.

Behavior Observed

The child will be able to use a variety of materials to create and express her ideas in song/dance/and movement.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

Encourage parents to have talent shows at home. This is a fun way for children to build self- confidence. Parents can also pick out emerging talents that can be nurtured. Encourage parents to have an easily cleaned art area or place for art materials to be kept. When children are “bored” suggest a special project for them to create (e.g. a gift, a prop for their dramatic play area, a piece of art to be in the “temporary exhibit” in the living room, etc.)

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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