Children should always be taught how to draw lines, patterns, shapes, and textures at an early age. However, some will be more interested in these activities than others. This is why introducing mark making through the use of games is a great approach to consider. Let’s take a look at six interesting options and the benefits of each.
Paint panels can be located in a playground or within a classroom. Either way, these boards are excellent ways to encourage children to experiment with unguided mark making. It could also be possible to create games such as shape identification or who can draw a square the fastest.
Attach Pens and Markers to Toys
While not a “game” in the traditional sense, attaching toys (such as cars and stuffed animals) to writing utensils will allow mark-making activities to become more fun thanks to the tactile appeal of these objects. This is particularly the case with boys, as they tend to gravitate towards more physical activities.
Train Track Letters
Every child loves playing with toy trains. Why not put a unique spin upon this traditional pastime by using the tracks themselves to make a series of letters? Not only can this represent a great deal of fun, but constructing the letters themselves will help children to recall their shapes and dimensions.
Writing with Sticks
Many schools aim to incorporate a bit of nature into their everyday activities. Not only will this provide an additional source of stimulation, but it is a nice change when compared to traditional classroom settings. Encourage children to find nearby sticks and to use these as writing utensils. Games can include drawing a road map of their town, illustrating their favourite cartoon characters or simply allowing their imaginations to roam free.
Paint Brushes and Shaving Cream
This next games truly boasts a “hands-on” appeal. Simply spray a bit of foam upon a whiteboard or a few sheets of coloured construction paper. Children can then use paintbrushes of different sizes to create unique shapes and patterns. Of course, teachers can monitor the progress of each student through the use of the EYFS assessment here. This will enable them to better appreciate the progress of their children.
Cling Film and Paint
In terms of avoiding a mess within the classroom, this next game certainly has its benefits. Paint a flat surface with different colours and then place cling film over the top. Children can then trace patterns and lines within the paint without becoming coloured themselves. This game is also excellent when teaching children about how mixing different colours will result in the formation of unique tones and hues.
Mark making is an important concept which should be embraced at an early age. All of the games and suggestions outlined above will provide a unique way to capture the attention of a child. Of course, feel free to perform additional research; there are plenty of other techniques to be found online.