The Mark Makers | Good Play Guide Toy Awards

the makr makers winner of dr gummers good toy play guide

Here at Eduk8 Worldwide we are delighted to announce that The Mark Makers™, the new early writing scheme has won a Dr. Gummer's Good Play Guide award.

The 4 storybooks and activity book simplify writing skills by making basic marks through 'mark making', the essential skill that leads to writing.

What is Mark Making?

When a child starts to make scribbles, patterns and different shapes, this is ‘mark making’. It is their very first step towards writing. A child explores, experiments, and expresses themselves through the marks they make. They begin to assign meaning to their marks which sparks creativity and exploration.
Children can mark make in many different ways: pen and paper, painting, ‘messy play’ or drawing in the sand on the beach. All of these methods provide opportunities for children to explore a wide range of tools too, such as paint brushes, chalks, pencils and their bodies.
The benefits of mark making are huge. A child’s fine motor skills will develop and strengthen in preparation for writing. Beginning to work on their gross motor skills is the stepping stone to their fine motor control and core muscle strength.
Daily activities such as throwing and catching a ball, squeezing play dough, climbing, building bricks and threading should be encouraged and facilitated as much as possible.
‘Children will, therefore, be making marks for a wide range of reasons, each equally valid. Through their marks, they are communicating their ideas, expressing their feelings, developing their imagination and creativity, and testing their hypotheses about the world. These opportunities for making ‘thinking visible’ are fundamental to children’s learning and development and should be the entitlement of every child.’
‘Mark Making Matters, Department for Children, Schools and Families’
It is our view that the more children have fun, mark making and developing their motor skills, the more prepared and confident they will be when it comes to writing at school.

About the Author

Rachel Fay lives in Gateshead with partner Andy and son Oliver. She is a qualified primary teacher specialising in early years. She has also taught reception where early writing was a particular passion of hers.
During maternity leave, Rachel devised a fun pre-writing programme and ‘The Mark Makers’ were born. Following her return to work, she introduced this into her teaching and the results were amazing.
She then developed a mark making pre-school class called Little Learners, where children can learn how to make their marks through play.


The Mark Makers Lionel Ziggy Archie Swirlo Story Activity Books


 About Good Play Guide | DR. AMANDA GUMMER

The Good Toy Guide was founded by child development expert Dr Amanda Gummer in 2012. Created to provide an independent, expert accreditation service for children’s products, The Guide provides a trusted resource for parents and gift-givers to find truly Good Toys. 

Amanda has a PhD in Neuropsychology, the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and over 20 years’ experience working with children and families.

Having worked in children’s industries for many years, Amanda is now widely considered as the UK’s go-to expert on play, toys and child development. She can regularly be seen in the media, including BBC News, Sky News, The Daily Mail and many more, offering advice on news stories and issues surrounding children, families and child development.

Home of the Good Toy Guide and Good App Guide, Dr Gummer’s Good Play Guide is an independent, expert organisation, dedicated to ensuring every child can develop the skills they need to thrive during a happy healthy childhood. The team’s mission is to help make the world a more playful place.

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