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In the Nursery our writing happens through our play and in our Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle sessions. To learn more about what Squiggle is, please see the information below. We love Squiggle as it teaches and supports mark-making in a fun and exciting way through dance and music. 

Squiggle- Explained to Parents

In the Nursery, we support the children to develop their pencil grip and pencil control. The image below explains the different types of pencil grip and approximately at what age each grip is developed. We support the development on pencil grips through activities such as play dough, arts and crafts, songs that involve our fingers, painting, cooking and so much more! To help us to remember how to hold a pencil, we use the following rhyme 'Point the pencil to your toes and then nib it, flip it, grip it'. This is explained further in the image below. 

Pencil Grip

'Crocodile Fingers' -How to hold the pen

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The 'nib it, flip it, grip it' trick

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Finger Dexterity- Tommy Thumb

To support the development of mark making and pencil grip, children need to have strong dexterity in their fingers. We use the 'Tommy Thumb' song every day to support this. We are getting really good at our 'Tommy Thumb' and 'Peter Pointer' but need support with the remaining fingers. The video below demonstrates the song. 

Tommy Thumb Song

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Mark-making Anywhere and Everywhere