The Mark Makers

Early Writing Programme

The Mark Makers is a unique early writing program for under 5’s devised by qualified teacher and director of Little Learners and Little Messy Learners, Rachel Fay.

The early writing programme is easy to follow and can be differentiated within the age range of 5 month to 5 years, although the programme has been adapted to older children and those with additional needs.

The Mark Makers is currently taught across the UK and Australia in our popular messy play and mark making classes. In addition to this we have teamed up with Eduk8 Worldwide to bring you The Mark Makers story and activity books. We also offer a wide range of free colouring and activity sheets for you to download over at our shop!

We are currently working on our exciting new schools programme and training modules. If you work in a school or education setting and would like more information please contact us here.

It is our view that the more that children have fun mark making and developing their motor skills, the more prepared and confident they will be when it comes to writing at school. In our mark making programme, our four Mark Maker characters represent the four main marks that help to make up all letters, numbers, shapes and patterns: a straight line, curve, circle and a zig-zag.

An Award-Winning Early Writing Programme

The Mark Makers received the Good Play Guide Recommendation and also won Best Play & Learn Product at the What’s on 4 Kids Australia Awards 2021.

Meet the Mark Makers!

Lionel the soldier, Archie the rainbow, Swirlo the magic pot and Ziggy the monster focus on the main ‘marks’ that make up all letters, numbers, shapes & patterns. Once a child can make each of the 4 marks represented by our characters, then they will be able to form the letter, number, shape or pattern.

Repetition is important in mark making and the more the mark is practiced, the more recognisable the mark will become to the child. The mark making opportunities are appropriate for every type of learner. The way we learn best can be auditory, visual, or kinaesthetic. Little Messy Learners classes provide resources that are colourful, engaging and eye-catching with a good selection of different textures and surfaces which are interesting for children to touch. For example, to assist the auditory learner we make sure there is music playing – mark making to the beat!

Book a Messy Play & Mark Making Class 

Shop The Mark Makers

We are so excited to have teamed up with our friends Eduk8 to bring you a range of Mark Makers story and activity books. You can also buy The Mark Makers puppets and download our FREE activity sheets!

Activity & Story Books


The Mark Makers Programme




Colouring Sheets & Activity Sheets

Check out the range of FREE activity and colouring sheets we have for you to download over at our shop!

the mark makers colouring sheet


The Mark Makers at London Toy Fair!

The journey is everything