This activity is suitable for all ages and can be simplified or extended to suit your child/children.

You will need:

  • Plain paper (any colour)
  • Felt tips or pencil crayons
  • Pencil or thin black felt tip pen

Mark Making (20 minutes)

What is Mark Making? A variety of different lines, patterns and textures that can be used to make an image or a drawing.

1.  To get started lets make some marks!

First of all ask your child what marks they can make. Ask them to have a go on a piece of paper using a pencil. Discuss with your child the marks they have made. If you have younger children, ask them to make any mark they would like and to describe the mark whilst they are making it. How are they holding their crayons? Are they going up and down or backwards and forwards. It will help them also to use a chunky crayon or pencil that they can hold onto.

2. Explain to your child what different types of marks can be made. Such as squiggles, zig-zags, dots, dashes, wavy lines, straight lines, circles etc. Remember these are only some of the marks that can be made, there are lots more!

3. Has your child already made our example marks? If they have, ask the child to practice them again and if they haven’t, encourage the child to try them. Remember the child can press on harder or softer with the pencil. Also, ask them to try holding the pencil with the opposite hand they usually write with. If you have younger children, try to encourage them to make the example marks more slowly and name the marks they have made.

4. Now ask your child to take a single line for a walk. The line can go up, down, round, across, in and out, round and round etc. Take the time to explore where the line might go on the paper.

Easter Egg Activity (40-45 minutes)

1. Now that the child has practiced taking a line for a walk and learnt about how different marks can be made, they are now ready to create their Easter Egg. Ask your child to draw an egg shape in the middle of the paper with a pencil. Make sure it fills all of the paper and the child can practice first. See example below:

Egg Template

If you have younger children, use a larger piece of paper if you have it available.

2. When the child has drawn the egg shape. They can now take a line for a walk inside the egg shape. Remind the child what they did in the warm up activity. See example below:

Egg design

If you have younger children, remember it doesn’t matter if they take their line for a walk outside the egg.

Extension Activities

• If your children are older, can they tell you what they have learnt and what they would improve on if they did the activity again.

• For younger children, you could make the mark making egg into a card.

• Older children can make up a sketchbook of different marks, experimenting and exploring with different materials to do this.