I have been thinking of some different things to set out for mark making. Especially things that encourage a more controlled mark making experience. 
I lay out some paper, gel pens and stencils. Farm animals and Dinosaur shapes.
It didn’t take long for the children to give them a go. This is another activity that helps a child develop their Bilateral coordination. They have to hold the stencil carefully in place and then use the other hand to draw around it. This is quite a tricky task. It takes a lot of concentration and a very steady hand.

Both girls have a good pencil grip and and can control the gel pens quite easily. They did find following the edge of the stencil hard though. They missed some areas and occasionally the stencil slipped which changed the look of the shape.

Both the girls were pleased with how their pictures turned out and gave each shape a name. They told me the animal that they had drawn or that it was a Dinosaur.

This activity was offered to the children to give them the opportunity to practice their mark making skills and for me to observe what stage they are at in this area. It has shown that some children would benefit from some more controlled mark making activities More opportunities to use stencils and maybe some tracing boards. I will plan to offer these more over the coming weeks. Each child showed great interest and concentration in this activity and there was clear joy from achieving what they had set out to do. With each animal or Dinosaur they drew , there was an eagerness to share their achievement with others around them and asking to see each others picture as they were being drawn Each child kept trying even though they all found it quite tricky. They seemed to enjoy the challenge!

Today’s play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas
  • Expressive Art and Design
  • Physical Development

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