Some little ones don't know what to do with a marker (or crayon) and a sheet of paper.  

Heck, some big people don't know what to do with a marker and a blank sheet of paper!

Encourage different types of marks with some sound games!  In each of these games, the parent or caregiver is drawing WITH the child.  I like to share a big sheet of paper, but you can each have you're own if you'd like.  
The adult sets up the "game" (Look!  My marker is a firetruck!) and then demonstrates the mark and sound that is made.  The child can choose to imitate.  Once the child begins to lose interest, demonstrate another type of mark.  If the child makes a mark that is different, imitate his/her mark and sound.  This game is fun to play in a GROUP of preschoolers, too!

Scribbling sound games

  • Pretend the marker is a choo-choo train.  Make a train noise as you move your marker across the paper in a straight horizontal line.
  • Pretend the marker is a bouncy ball.  Starting at the baseline, "jump" your marker up to the middle of the page and back down to the baseline.  Say "boing, boing" each time the marker goes up.
  • Pretend the marker is a race car.  Start on one edge of the paper.  Determine that the other edge is the finish line.  "Vroom" across the paper as fast as you can.  
  • Make big dots.  Place the marker tip on the paper.  Raise it up HIGH using your whole arm (all the way to your shoulder) and bring it down to the paper to make a dot.  Repeat.  Sing "dot, dot, dot" each time time the marker contacts the paper.  
  • Make quiet dots.  Same as above but the marker doesn't come off the page very high and you only whisper the word "dot" each time.
  • Make a "siren."  While making a firetruck noise (woo-woo-woo), swirl your marker in a spiraling motion.  
  • Make an ocean.  While making wave noise, draw a wavy line slowly from one side of the paper to the other.  
  • Make a bubble.  While making a bubble noise (you'll have to come up with your own...I can't explain mine here...) draw a closed circle.  Note: this is going to be hard for the youngest ones. Make sure you start with the spiraling one first!


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