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Writing is a fundamental skill that is essential for children's academic and personal development. The start of this mark-making can improve their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity, as well as developing their cognitive abilities such as memory, concentration, and problem-solving. Mark-making allows children to express themselves creatively and emotionally, and helps them to communicate their thoughts and ideas.

We have included some tips on this page, on how you can encourage writing, and developing your child's literacy at home.

Child using pencil to write

Encourage your child to make marks using different materials

Mark making refers to the process of creating marks, lines, or patterns on a surface using various tools such as crayons, pencils, or paint brushes.

• It is an essential aspect of early childhood development as it allows children to explore, experiment and express themselves creatively and is the precursor to writing.

• It provides young children with an opportunity to develop their fine motor skills as they learn to control the movement of the tool and create different types of marks.

• It helps to develop their cognitive skills as they learn about cause and effect, and how different tools and surfaces create different effects.

Young boy painting the outer shell of an egg 

Role model writing lists, letters and notes

By seeing and participating in the writing process, children can learn the importance of clear and concise communication, and how written language is used in everyday life. Through writing, children learn basic literacy skills such as letter recognition and beginning spelling.

This helps a young child's development by providing a visual and interactive way for them to learn about organization, language, and communication.

It will also help them develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, as well as other benefits.

Mother and child writing lists together

Write a supermarket shopping list together

Doing this can help your child develop their literacy skills, such as reading and writing.

Additionally, it can help with learning about organization and planning as they help to create the list, and helps to develop their mathematical skills as they learn about numbers and quantities.

This can also help to teach the child about the importance of healthy eating, as they learn about different types of food and how to choose nutritious option - a great opportunity for the child to learn about decision making as they help to decide what to buy.

Mother and daughter shopping at a supermarket
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