I shaded all over their chalkboard easel using the side edges of coloured chalk. Some days I made it multi-coloured like a rainbow, others just one.
Then I set out paint pots filled with clean water and a range of thick and thin paintbrushes for experimenting with.
She loved how quickly it dried and that she could start over very quickly and this fact kept drawing her back often for new experimenting and play. She started practising her mark-making and letter formation and was particularly good at making the first letter from her name using a large, sweeping movement.
Gross motor letter writing is a very important stage of early mark-making and literacy skills. It improves co-ordination, arm and hand strength and gets children ready for more refined fine-motor skills later on.
Literacy: practise writing graphemes from own name (and then beyond), make marks to represent meaning, experiment with role-play/emergent writing, being to form letters correctly
Creativity: explore media in two and three dimensions, make marks and patterns to represent objects and people
Physical: practise gross motor arm and hand movements, hold a tool correctly, strengthening shoulder and upper arm muscles, good posture and rotation from the shoulder and elbow when painting/ mark-making
Cakie: 3 years 4 months
Pop: 22 months