Pondering Playtime // Lavender Rice Mark Making

June 28, 2019

Welcome back to Pondering Playtime, my fortnightly series where I share a favourite picture book and a craft or play activity to go with it. This week, I’ve chosen not to share a book, but instead chosen an early writing activity that the girls enjoyed.

Lavender Rice – Mark Making Activity

I’ve seen rice writing activities before, but we have a huge lavender bush in our garden, so I decided to add an extra sensory element to this activity by adding some lavender to the rice. I also added a small bag of rice that I’d previously dyed purple using food colouring, to add to the colour.

Once the rice and lavender mix was in the tuff spot, I added paint brushes for our mark making. After a while, the girls wanted to pour the rice, so we added the pots and pans from their play kitchen to the tuff spot, too.

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Lavender Rice Mark Making – What the girls thought

We’re just starting to look at writing with M, so while she’s been mark making for a while, this was the first time we’d really focused on writing specific letters. We spent a short time talking about how to write the letter ‘a’, and M was thrilled when she clearly wrote a lower case ‘a’ with her paint brush.

B enjoyed having a go with the paintbrushes too, although she was far more interested in using the saucepans to fill and pour. She also enjoyed pouring rice all over her head, but that’s to be expected from a 15 month old!

My favourite thing about this tuff spot was the smell. I had hoped that it would be calming for the girls, but I think they were too excited about playing in the tuff spot, for that!


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Looking for activities to encourage letter writing and mark making? Try this easy lavender rice mark making activity. #EYFSideas

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