Dragonfly's Early Learning Logo

Mark Making

The babies from Dragonfly’s Early Learning at Coolum Beach, enjoy mark marking together using watercolour paints and paper.

Mark-making represents a child’s thoughts and ideas. It gives children the opportunity to express themselves creatively and allows them to communicate their feelings through their drawings.

As they develop, their marks become more complex and sophisticated. Mark-making provides children with an opportunity to develop their fine motor skills as well as their hand-eye coordination. Asking questions about their artwork will encourage them to add more detail and imagination.

Throughout all stages of childhood, drawing has many developmental benefits.

Toddlers become interested in scribbling from around 12 to 18 months. Scribbling supports muscle and hand-eye coordination. At this age, their movements are usually large and they are more interested in the marks that they make as opposed to what they draw. Praise is imperative at this stage for encouragement to continue with their mark-making.

As hand-eye coordination develops and fine motor skills improve, scribbles will develop into objects that they can tell you about. They love to experiment with different tools, markers, crayons, pencils, brushes, and colours, allowing them to make decisions of their own.

To learn more about Dragonfly’s Early Learning, Coolum Beach click below or call us on (07)54716500.