The Mark Makers™ range, an early writing programme that encourages every child to make their mark. Aimed at children from 5 months upwards, the range simplifies writing skills through making basic marks. These marks make up letters of the alphabet – as well as numbers and shapes. Four characters proudly display each specific mark through their design shape and colour- Lionel, Archie, Ziggy and Swirlo.
The fun activities in this book were designed by a qualified Early Years teacher so that Mark Making
– the essential skill that leads to writing – could be encouraged in the home.
Children will love exploring these educational ideas through messy play and Mark Making – alongside developing their key motor skills, including pencil grip.
Through repetition, they will start to recognise and re-create Soldier, Rainbow, Magic and Monster Marks – represented by the lovable Mark Maker characters. These marks are the building blocks for letters, numbers, shapes and patterns.
What our testers said
“Mummy, a S in the gloop.” – Boy aged 2
“Ziggy is funny, twirly, whirly.” – Girl aged 3
What our experts think
The bright and colourful Mark Makers Activity Book is a great way to introduce young children to mark-making and helps them grow in confidence when using a pencil. Our testers liked that it uses stories, characters and activities such as making gloop to reinforce learning different marks and shapes.
Mark making is important as it allows young children to improve their dexterity and strengthen the muscles in their fingers needed for a pincer grip. This helps them to progress to writing with a pencil or pen.
The book is not wipeable, which would be a bonus – however, our testers did find that if they used the reverse end of the pencil on parts they were practising, this made it possible to use again and again.
– Builds confidence using a pencil
– Develops dexterity and pincer-grip
– Great for learning marks that make up shapes, numbers and letters