This is always a popular activity and a great alternative to just threading beads! This activity is brilliant for improving children’s fine motor skills, as it involves painting and threading. By choosing a variety of pasta (with different sized holes in the middle) and a selection of threads (from very thick ribbon and wool, to thin elastic and cotton) this activity can be easily differentiated according to the children’s individual needs.… Read the rest
Painting on tin foil is a great way to get children interested in mark making. I always tape the tin foil to the floor, which immediately draws interest because it means painting on the floor and not the table. The tin foil makes an interesting sound as you paint and the tin foil as a blank canvas is very inviting!..… Read the rest
Children love to paint themselves! Often they start by painting something else and then move onto painting their hands, arms, legs, and more. Let them! It is a great way to encourage mark making and experimenting with paint.
What mark making activities have worked well for you recently?… Read the rest
This was a great child initiated activity, and just shows how any type of scrap paper, or surface can be used to mark make, practise letter formation and encourage emergent writing.
It initially started with me following a child’s interest, putting out wrapping paper so, if they wanted, they could wrap presents.… Read the rest
This is a great sorting activity that children always love to come and have a go at, and it is a really good way of getting them to identify initial sounds. Choose the sounds you want to revise, or are teaching this week and then just print out pictures starting with the sounds.… Read the rest
Children love to work on computers, so using a laptop, iPad or Interactive White Board is an easy way to encourage them to get mark making. In class I try to often just leave a blank page up on the interactive white board, so children can come over, choose the tool and colour they want to use, and have a go at drawing.… Read the rest
Many children at Reception age are just not able to form recognisable letters, which often puts them off writing very quickly. However, just because they can’t write recognisable CVC words, it doesn’t mean that they don’t know what letters to use.… Read the rest
For many children singing really helps them learn the sounds for each letter. There are many different songs, the most obvious being the Jolly Phonics songs.
When learning a new sound I always share the Jolly Phonics song and action with the children, as for many children they find the sound much easier to remember when linked to an action.… Read the rest
Alphablocks is a great TV series created by CBeebies to help children with their phonics. It enables children to learn letter sounds and understand how blending works through short fun cartoons. At the moment there are four series of Alphablocks, which can be easily found on YouTube.com.… Read the rest