• Finger Gym- Lolly Stick Shapes

    May 7, 2017 rabbitideas

    Fine motor activities are a great way of developing muscles, hand-eye coordination and concentration span to help children to become more independent, and ultimately, to prepare them for writing. Although there are lots of fine motor resources on the market, sometimes simple, DIY ideas work just as well. These can also last children for years…

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  • Tour de Yorkshire- edible Mark-Making Activity

    April 23, 2017 rabbitideas

    Our town is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire cyclists this Friday; bunting is hung, yellow and blue bikes are decoratively placed and the children of this county are very excited! There is a real community celebration in the air and we decided to join in with some edible mark-making; writing icing…

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  • Play Dough Mark Making!

    April 2, 2017 rabbitideas

    When my eldest child (Big) was a baby it took several months of seeing play dough used at toddler groups and in articles and pictures online before I began to realise the potential for literacy activities. I think I saw some of the related commercial toys as quite single-use; I was not convinced. Over time,…

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  • Pen Control- Squeeeeeeeeezing! Developing Muscles for Writing

    March 5, 2017 rabbitideas

    There is a lot of emphasis placed on the importance of children developing Fine Motor skills whilst they are toddlers. Part of the reason why these skills are so important is the link with being able to later use tools such as a knife and fork to eat with, and indeed, a pen to write…

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  • Vertical mark making

    February 19, 2017 rabbitideas

    “Phases”… anyone who looks after toddlers knows about these; they seem to last anything from a few days to several months. Little’s latest “phase” has been to draw on the walls around our house. No attempt to encourage him back to paper on a flat surface has yet been successful. But is this a phase…

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  • Taking things up a gear!

    January 22, 2017 rabbitideas

    If you are interested in how mark making benefits children, this booklet aims to illustrate how this sort of activity can help children to fulfill their potential, later on. One thing which struck me was the following:  “In order to raise the status of early mark making, practitioners need to observe children, follow their interests…

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  • Using a wipe-board.

    January 8, 2017 rabbitideas

    Cost: Wipe-board: £1 in Asda. Book: free at the local library Usually, when offered a mark making opportunity, Little chooses to draw swirls and dots: This is typical for toddler development, and I do let him do lots of this. However, I wondered this week if he would respond yet to a guided activity. We had…

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