This week we have had Halloween stencils and metallic gel pens out to use on black paper. I find that this is always quite effective.

Kenzie enjoys this every Halloween and always makes me lots of pictures. He tends to add little extras and details to fill up the page.

Little “R” came to join him and they chatted about the different stencil shapes and what they were drawing.

Little “R” is managing to hold the stencils quite still now I t has taken some practice but she seems to have grasped the idea. She still finds it a bit tricky to draw round them. Sometimes she holds the pen at such an angle that the ink does not flow or make contact with the paper. I am trying to show her how to hold the pen more upright to help solve this.

She has very good pen control and holds the pen correctly between her thumb and forefinger. The EYFS states for her age, that at 30 to 60 months she should be able to

• Hold pencil between thumb and two fingers, no longer using whole-hand grasp.
• Hold pencil near point between first two fingers and thumb and uses it with good control.

She has clearly reached both these stages in her development.

I really like the picture below, It shows the moment she sat back to have a good look at her picture and you can see the happiness and pride in her face that she has achieved her task.

This next picture shows  how engaged and focused she is. Really concentrating hard.


Little “R” showed a wish to join another child and talk about what he was drawing and what she was drawing too. Sharing her achievements and ideas. She was willing to have a go and kept trying even when the stencil moved a little. This did not frustrate her or put her off. She faced the challenge and readjusted her hand and tried to line the stencil back up with the lines she had drawn, before starting again. 

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

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