Here at Aston Childcare the children love to start making marks from a young age and I like to offer them up lots of opportunities to do so.
Making marks in under 2’s is linked to Physical Development – Moving and Handling- making connections between their movements and the marks they make, and also Expressive Arts and Design– Exploring and using media/materials- sensory exploration, notices and is interested in the effects of making movements which leaves marks.
At this young age mark making is all about sensory, exploration, making connections and noticing effects…
Development matters says –
Physical development: Moving and Handling, 8-20 months old –
A unique child: “Holds pen or crayon using a whole hand (palmar) grasp and makes random marks with different strokes”.
Positive relationships, what adults could do “Show babies different ways to make marks in dough or paint by swirling, poking or patting it”.
Expressive Arts and Design, 8-26 months old –
A unique child: Notices and is interested in the effects of making movements which leave marks.
Positive relationships, what adults could do “Encourage babies to make marks and to squeeze and feel media such as paint, gloop (cornflour and water), dough and bubbles”.
Here are some of my mindees (all under the age of 2!) enjoying making marks…