Since having young children I have become interested in the ways they develop. In particular, encouraging them in pre reading and writing. Before children learn to write, they experiment with making marks of various kinds. Often this can be with pencils/crayons and paper but if you get a little bit creative, you can give them opportunities to make marks using different methods. Some examples are; using finger paints, a thin layer of salt or sand in a tray, in the soil. I'm sure you can think of more. Give your child the chance to use different tools to make marks; cutlery, cotton buds, sponges, brushes, whatever you can find!
Boy especially enjoyed this activity and was keen to try and write his name. He doesn't usually want to do drawing so this is a good way of encouraging him to explore mark making. Wearing his cowboy apron here!