|FUN|mark making tuff spot | LarabeeUK

|FUN|mark making tuff spot

My little leftie sometimes struggles with his writing as he tends to drag his hand over what he's written and rubs it away rather hold his hand slightly away from the paper.  I'm sure it's something that will come more naturally with time but I thought I'd set up this little mark marking tuff spot to try and help him get used to writing without having his hand touch the paper.

As well as writing practice on his mark marking tuff spot, I also added some common household objects and made some scrapers using a cardboard box.

I cut the flaps off of a cardboard box and cut out different shapes along the bottom to create different patterns.

I used a bag of polenta for this activity as I had one in the cupboard which was out of date.  I has a nice firm texture for mark making, not quite as soft as sand so actually held a better mark/pattern.

I handed T a chopstick and he used it to copy words I'd set up using a scrabble type game, copying from these is one of his favourite things to do.

We also used some cookie cutters to wiggle in the polenta to make pretty shapes.

This could be created for a younger child just with objects to make their marks with and extended by asking older children to write the words without copying, or writing out sums etc.

I hope you like our first tuff spot post, look out for more in the coming weeks as we are slightly obsessed with our tuff spot! 



  1. great idea - we did something similar with sand recently for my two and they loved it x

  2. We have a tuff spot which we use on cold/wet days with rice or water. This looks great, I must try it. #LetsLearn

  3. #ToddlerApprovedTuesday brill ideas, I've been eyeing up some plastic mark makers but after seeing how well your card ones work i will save myself a few ££

  4. What a fab idea. Never thought to use polenta, but I bet works much better. Great way to help learning.
    Thanks for sharing with #LetKidsBeKids

  5. What a great use of polenta!! So easy to get household items and make shapes. A really cool tuff spot activity! #LetKidsBeKids

  6. A great way to enjoy a little education and fun #letkidsbekids

  7. This is a great idea. My daughter loves her sandbox- I will have to try making these! Thanks!

  8. love this Leandra, T is great at copying letters! Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerApprovedTuesday. We hope you can join us again this week!


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