25 Mark Making Resources- Budget ideas to use with young children.
‘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.
7) Shaving foam
11) Washable toys
12) Felt Tips
13) Cotton buds/Q-tips
14) Finger paint
15) Cotton Wool & clothes pegs
20) Spaghetti (dried or cooked)
21) Drinking straws
23) Cardboard tubes
25) Pavement chalk
Have you used any of these before? Which ones have been popular, so far?
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