Learning to write
Help your child learn to write by encouraging 'mark making' with scribbles and patterns
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It's an exciting moment when your child begins to experiment with different-shaped scribbles and patterns. This is known as 'mark making'. It is the start of a journey towards being able to write and is a real developmental milestone.
By providing your child with a variety of mark-making opportunities you can help them develop imaginatively, creatively and physically.
Mark making is important for many reasons. It is a visible way for children to tell stories and express feelings, record what they have to say, solve problems and discover solutions - and sometimes it is just an outlet for pure physical enjoyment.
Top tips for encouraging mark-making
Developing writing skills
Children need to develop their motor skills (actions that involve the movements of muscles) in order to be able to mark-make effectively.
Give your child lots of opportunities to practise making big movements (gross motor skills), for example by climbing, crawling, dancing, throwing and catching balls or carrying objects.
These activities will help develop the muscle control needed to move on to fine motor movements, such as being able to squeeze play dough into different shapes, grasp and manipulate building bricks and hold pencils or crayons for mark making.
Aim to be a good role model for your child. Children need to see adults writing so that they can pick up on how writers behave and understand that writing is a valuable activity. You could include them in writing the shopping list, for example.
In the beginning, mark making is more about motivation than ability and we want to show children that writing is fun!
Mark making activities from CBeebies
There are lots of mark making activities on the CBeebies website and theCBeebies Playtime App and The Get Squiggling Letters game on the CBeebies website is designed for children who are starting to make the transition from mark-making to letter formation, preparing for writing.