Observe the child interacting with a variety of different objects, materials, and toys.
Present different objects to the child (bottle, small toy, stuffed toy, blanket, etc.)
The child will handle and use the toys differently, indicating recognition of the objects and understanding of their different uses.
Encourage early childhood educators and parents to hold up objects two at a time. This encourages the child to compare them and determine which she wants. Explain that by watching the infant’s reactions over time, the adults can discover the child’s preferences.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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