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Mark Making

Children should be given a variety of opportunities to mark make both indoors and outdoors.  Provided in your home learning pack was some chalk and you can use this with your child.   In nursery children look at flowers, birds and other things in the world around them and are given opportunities to observe and mark make what they see.  At home you could provide similar opportunities.  Allow your child to tell you about their picture rather than ask what is this! Children can be given opportunities to use chalk, paint, colouring pencils, felt tips and other commercially bought products. However, an old paint brush and a bucket of water or a roller can provide your child with endless possibilities to engage in mark making on a much bigger scale.   These larger movements are very important for young children and are are crucial to develop physical skills needed to be able to hold the smaller tools effectively and indeed correctly.