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Making Marks: The Development of Children’s Drawing

Great new B4 Resource – Making Marks: The Development of Children’s Drawing (PDF, 1.3MB)

Making Marks: The Development of Children's DrawingEver wondered how children learn to draw from their first explorations with crayons and pencils to representing their world around them and sharing what’s important to them? This resource provides a journey of discovery to learn more about children’s art drawing on the research it will take you through each stage of development and we hope inspire you to support children’s artistic explorations, always.


A new report from The Front Project

Explores children and their families’ experiences of Covid-19 looks at how disadvantage has changed as a result of the pandemic and recession. It shows that more families are at risk of facing disadvantage than ever before, and existing disadvantage is becoming worse. Please click here to read this report.

Talk, Read and Play Everyday

Why talk, read and play every day?

  • Right from birth, talking to your child is helping to build the connections in their brain to help them learn.
  • Reading is a skill for life that begins when a baby first looks at a picture in a book.
  • Active play helps children build skills in movement and learning.

For more information see Talk, Read and Play Everyday, The Bouncing Back – Talk and Read Project a Launching into Learning (LiL) and Kindergarten initiative. It gives practical resources to talk, read and play every day.

Big Voices exhibition

Big Voices celebrates the courage and creativity of children sharing their stories through art, a great new exhibition at the State Library of Queensland.

Children’s art is powerful. Through art, children give voice to their knowledge and experience of their world. To have your voice heard is a human right. But, to make art, to tell your own story and to share this with others takes courage.

Drawn from the Dr Barbara Piscitelli AM Children’s Art Archive, who was the B4 Marking Marks Exhibition critical friend in its development and  implementation. For more information on the B4 Making Marks exhibition and resources

A great new resource to help parents, families and children have fun and continue to grow, develop and thrive

CoLab, part of the Telethon Kids Institute, has developed the Bright Tomorrows app because parents and families need trusted, evidence-based advice in their hands. Parents wanted information that related specifically to their children’s developmental needs, and that prompted them to easily and actively to support their children’s brain development during their daily routines. The Bright Tomorrows app suggests everyday activities or meaningful moments that best suit the strengths and interests of a family, including aligning the ideas with each of their children’s developmental needs. As parents and carers try to adapt their families to COVID-19 circumstances, the app is being adapted to ‘nudge’ more physical activity based moments to help parents and carers keep their children active through this time at home.

The Bright Tomorrows parent app is free to download at the Apple or Google Play store. Further information is available via the Bright Tomorrows website

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