This week the babies have been exploring mark making. They enjoyed using their fingers and hands but also experimented using different rollers and brushes to make their marks. The children showed high levels of engagement in this activity as they discovered the different marks they could make with the different tools. One of the children wanted to “put their whole self in” to the tuff tray to explore with their whole body. The babies also communicated using different sounds to show their interest, and engaged with each other, looking at what their friends were doing and even offering tools to their friends.
EYFS links (8-20 months)
Making relationships; Seeks to gain attention in a variety of ways, drawing others into social interaction / Interacts with others and explores new situations when supported by familiar person / Shows interest in the activities of others
Self-confidence and self-awareness; Uses pointing with eye gaze to make requests, and to share an interest.
Listening & Attention; Has a strong exploratory impulse / Concentrates intently on an object or activity of own choosing for short periods.
Speaking: Uses single words / Enjoys babbling and increasingly experiments with using sounds and words to communicate for a range of purposes
Moving & Handling; Enjoys the sensory experience of making marks in damp sand, paste or paint / Holds pen or crayon using a whole hand (palmar) grasp and makes random marks with different strokes.
Exploring using media & materials; Explores and experiments with a range of media through sensory exploration, and using whole body / Notices and is interested in the effects of making movements which leave marks.