Early Mark Making

Children learn to write from an early age in ways you don’t even realise.  It starts with messy play using our fingers to make marks in rice or sand and with shaving foam, paint, clay or even slime.


At school we will generally spread the resources across the table or in a tuff tray.  You can easily do this at home using a  dinner plate, tray or on the kitchen worktop using flour or rice.


Starting to write

The next step is beginning to draw lines and circles using thick crayons or chalk, but we can use pens, pencils or paintbrushes.

Large decorators’ brushes dipped in buckets of water are great for painting the outdoor walls.





Writing our names

From pictures and marks come words, beginning with the most meaningful of all – our name.

As part of our daily routine at school, we collect our name cards use them as a guide to help us ‘sign-in’ each day, sometimes forming letters from our names.



If you would like to know more about early mark making please speak to your child’s keyworker.

Supporting children and parents with English as an additional language

The National Literacy Trust have published some valuable information sheets ranging from the use of dummies to talking and playing with your child.

These are available in a selection of languages here https://literacytrust.org.uk/early-years/bilingual-quick-tips/