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25 Mark Making Resources- Budget ideas to use with young children.

September 3, 2017Rabbit Ideas

‘Mark making’ is the name given to activities encouraging early writing attempts- the image of toddlers panting and drawing on paper usually springs to mind. Providing lots of opportunities to practice mark making is important for the development of fine motor and writing skills which will be essential later on. Sometimes, even though we all know how important it is, it can be difficult to think up new and original mark making opportunities, especially when we are all pushed for time.

Some children shy away from the traditional pen and paper approach as they worry about making mistakes which are permanent, but love activities which they can erase and do again, such as in a sand tray or on a chalk board. Other children might love messy play, whilst some are not at all keen! The important thing is to keep offering a range of mark making activities around the growing interests of the child, and varying the materials to keep them interested. Oh, and a relaxed approach and lots of encouragement helps, too.

However, how can we offer a whole range of activities on a limited budget? That’s where this list is designed to help out. All of the following resources are budget-friendly and easy to get hold of. Many can be stored and used time and again for a whole range of activities, so well worth investing a little in, too. So, here is a list of 25 budget- friendly mark making resources which we turn to to freshen up ideas at home. These could easily be used in a childcare or pre-school setting, too.

1)Sticks

2) Mud

3) Sand

4) Pens

Pen and paper for mark making
Think about more ‘grown-up’ materials; pens or highlighters can spark new interest.

5) Salt

6) Pencil

7) Shaving foam

8) Paint

9) Rollers

10) Crayons

Wool for mark making
Wool trailed through paint can be really effective!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11) Washable toys

12) Felt Tips

13) Cotton buds/Q-tips

14) Finger paint

15) Cotton Wool & clothes pegs

16) Ink

17) Fruit/veg cut in half

fruit cut in half for mark making
Using cut up pieces of fruit or vegetables can make a great pattern when dipped in paint and stamped.

18) Stamps

19) String

20) Spaghetti (dried or cooked)

21) Drinking straws

22) Chalk

23) Cardboard tubes

24) Charcoal

25) Pavement chalk

Have you used any of these before? Which ones have been popular, so far?

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*Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links to products similar to ones we have used. If you purchase though the links, I may receive a small percentage of the profits to support the running of this blog. This will not affect the cost of the products to the buyer. 

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Comments (12)

  • Rhi

    September 8, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    I always like cooked spaghetti and paint! Not to eat mind you… A great list there #TacticalTuesdays

    1. rabbitideas

      September 8, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Yes, babies especially love that one!

  • Vicky Kinmond

    September 11, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    These are such fabulous ideas and I will definitely be trying the rope and the fruit and veg printing. Congratulations on being chosen as a Featured Blogger! Thanks for linking up with #TacticalTuesdays.

    1. rabbitideas

      September 12, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Thank you for choosing me- I feel honored!

  • Jo Brigdale

    October 2, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Lots of great ideas here. I need to get my 3 year old to do more mark making #forloveofblog

  • The Pramshed

    October 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    This is such a long list of ideas here, I never realised you can do it with so many different things. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  • The Rhyming Mum

    November 19, 2017 at 6:56 am

    So many great ideas here! #thesatsesh

  • Hayley @ Mission: Mindfulness

    November 24, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Love the idea of shaving foam – have never tried that before! Getting the chalks out on the patio in warmer weather is a big hit here too. Lots of fab ideas here. #thesatsesh xx

    1. Jenny Rumney

      November 25, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Yes! The messier the better… (outside!)

  • Malin

    March 8, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Wow, so much inspiration here, great suggestions! ?x #TheListLinky

  • Kel – School Runs and Shopping Trolleys

    March 10, 2018 at 7:35 am

    Great list, and I think I’ve tried them all over my years in child care and with my own kids. My daughter definitely prefers to make marks in messy stuff and in non-permanent ways such as with paint brushes and water in the garden. #thelistlinky

    1. Jenny

      March 12, 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Yes! Many of them do, I agree. Thank you for reading!

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