Picking up a small item from a table is difficult for about the first six months. An infant may first make "corralling" motions with her hands, and then try "raking" the toy or bit of food toward herself. Between 8 and 11 months, babies gain more and more control over thumb and forefinger, using scissorlike motions, they still require the help of the other fingers to pick things up. At 11 or 12 months, it's time for pincer prehension -- using thumb and forefinger alone to pick up tiny objects, such as a Cheerio, a bit of ground hamburger, even a piece of wiggly spaghetti (a big challenge!).Because babies need practice at perfecting these skills, be sure to give them easy-to-handle, safe bits of food to try: slices of banana; grated, peeled apple; a well-cooked carrot; a teething biscuit. All are grist for baby's growing attempt to master fine-motor control. Around the age of 10 months, index fingers are able to poke and pry. Now babies can point to what they want you to notice or to bring them - and they will!For most babies, eye muscles work together very early on. If you, her special caregiver, call a baby's name from the door of the nursery, she will make an effort to turn her eyes and head to find out where your voice is coming from.
Recommended Age: Birth-2 year olds
Kind: Offline Activity
Key Concepts: Physical Development, Fine Motor
Standard: IT-PMP 6, IT-PMP 7, IT-PMP 8
Given the school closures, CTB is sharing daily activities (digital and physical) that are standards-aligned and developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. Also see our research-backed assessment and learning games for parents and children.