Mark making is really important in the early years of a child’s development. It is one of the key blocks in developing early writing. These activities help to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. For young children mark making should go beyond pencil and paper. It is also a sensory experience that should include a range of textures and media and most importantly it should be fun!
Use the suggested activities below to explore mark making with your child. Talk to your child about the marks they make, ask them what they are doing, and describe what you can see, this will show your child that these marks are important and you value them.
Painting the paving stones with water and a paint brush
Drawing shapes in the air with a wand
Dance with a ribbon in your writing hand
Chalk on path or dark coloured paper
Draw in the sand
Make rubbings on rough surfaces like tree bark or the fence
Draw in slime or shaving foam or even the sauce left over from your baked beans!
Draw on the back of old wallpaper rolls and go large!
Colour in pictures
Free write with a selection of pens and pencils on blank paper
Please click on the documents below for a selection of printable resources.
These activities provide opportunities to practice holding a pencil and attempting to control their marks with their muscles.