10 SUPER EASY NON PAINT MARK MAKING IDEAS FOR TODDLERS
If you’re stuck for some really quick and easy ideas to keep little ones busy, then you must chec this collection out! Mark making simply refers to the creation of different patterns, lines, textures and shapes. Mark making doesn’t just refer to squiggles made with stationery, children are still mark making if they use their hands, paintbrushes or sticks.
When children are making these early marks, they are practising to hold a tool (whether it be a pencil, paintbrush or kitchen utencil) and are attempting to control their marks with their muscles. This enhances their physical development by improving their fine motor skills and helps to develop their hand-eye coordination. Research has shown that mark making is crucial for a child’s development and learning. It not only teaches young children how to hold a pen correctly, but it also prepares them for writing and develops their handwriting skills.
The following ideas are all examples of mark making without paint. Each uses things that you will most likely have in your cupboards at home; and each one is also super quick and easy to set up. Which will try first?
POWER TOOL BITS PRINTS ON PLAYDOUGH
Make beautiful prints on playdough with power tools. Isn’t it cool a drill bit can make sun prints and a nail can make flower prints? Flower Power takes a whole new meaning now.
Credit: Fun Littles
MARK MAKING IN SAND
Set up a tuff spot with sand and toy vehicles. The children can make marks by moving the vehicles around and through the sand.
MARKS WITH WATER
Give children a paintbrush and cup of water outside. They can “paint” the sidewalk, the fence, rocks etc
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MARKS WITH WATER ON A CHALK BOARD
Children can make marks, shapes and pictures with a paintbrush or sponge on a chalk board.
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Painting with Water on coloured chalk board
Or cover the chalk board in coloured chalk, then invite children to make marks with paintbrushes and water.
Credit: The Imagination Tree
SHAVING FOAM MARK MAKING
Children can make marks with their fingers in a tray or tuff spot with shaving foam. Provide them with a cardboard roll to create a smooth layer again.
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PAPER TOWEL ART WITH FOOD DYE
Children use pipettes to drop dfferent food dyes onto paper towels.
Make marks with kitchen utensils using mud
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Drawing with cars
Tape markers or crayons to the back of toy cars and invite children to make marks by moving the vehicles around.
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Mark Making on Mirrors
Invite children to draw on mirrors with washable markers.
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