Paper and Loose Part Mark Make!

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Setting up an open-ended, process-based activity like this is a great way to encourage curiosity, creativity and exploration through undirected sensory play.

What you need:

  • Paper
  • Paint and other mark making materials (Top Tip: use non-toxic, washable mark making materials)
  • Collection of natural, manufactured and recycled and synthetic loose parts

Watch as children follow their own interests and notice how they engage with materials. Ask open-ended questions that promote learning and problem-solving.


  • I wonder what will happen if ...
  • How do you make that colour?
  • Tell me about what you are doing.

Activity develops:

  • Fine motor skills and hand eye coordination
  • Language skills
  • Mathematical skills - exploration of patterns, sequencing and shape
  • Creativity
  • Cognitive problem-solving skills

Encourage your child to display their artistic creations on a wall, or fridge, or maybe even to use them as gift wrapping paper or greetings cards.

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