This year we have spent more time than ever at home. After months of homeschooling it certainly felt great to get the kids back to school and it felt even better to make it to half term with no disruption. Unfortunately we are now self isolating for the next two weeks so it feels very similar to those days back in March. Luckily my three love to learn and doing fun activities at home.
I was over the moon when Little Learners sent us a brand new Mark Makers story book and some activity sheets, they really couldn’t have come at a better time. Little Learners is a multi award-winning children’s activity provider that also offer messy play sessions for babies and preschool children.
The Mark Makers is a unique early writing programme for under 5’s, which has been designed by a fully qualified teacher and director of Little Learners, Rachel Fay. The Mark Makers activity and story books encourage mark making and early writing skills. These books help to develop fine and gross motor skills. As you may know, my youngest children just started school this September, I have 4 year old twins so they’re currently learning to read and write at school.
There are 4 fun and loveable characters that make up the Mark Makers and they represent the 4 main marks that children need to recognise to learn to write.
Meet The Mark Makers:
- Lionel the Solider Mark for straight lines,
- Archie the Rainbow Mark for curves,
- Swirl the Magic Pot Mark for circles,
- Ziggy the Monster Mark for zig-zags.
We were sent a story book, The Mark Makers Solider Marks with Lionel and some colouring and activity sheets. We started by looking at the book together and I read it to my two 4 year olds. They really enjoyed the colourful characters and thought it was lots of fun when they got to have a go at tracing the lines with their fingers or looking for the letters and shapes themselves.
We had lots of fun with the colouring and activity sheets too, which you can download for free from the Little Learners website. Oscar enjoyed the maze whilst Isla had lots of fun tracing the letters. There was also sheets for designing your own pumpkin and even some cutting practise sheets.
We really enjoyed The Mark Makers story book. You can find out more information over on the Little Learners website.
We were kindly gifted this book in return for an honest review.