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Engage Harder To Reach Learners

Inspire the boys, enthuse, scintillate, and engage children that just aren’t interested


Early educators have a major problem on their hands – many children just aren’t interested in anything to do with fine motor or early writing any more.

You set up some fabulous activities, and at best they are used for a couple of minutes, or worse – completely ignored.

The gender gap is growing.

The number of children with fine motor difficulties is increasing year on year.

Teaching early writing becomes harder and harder with every passing day.

So, what’s the answer?

Martin Williams has taught children aged 3-5 over the last ten years, and in that time he has been a student of the science of how to create the best performing fine motor and early writing activities.

Run of the mill stuff doesn’t really cut it in this area. You have to provide games that are scintillating…inspiring…alluring…that are strongly tapped into the interests of the children, and are something they cannot resist!

For the last two years he has been running his practical fine motor and early writing workshop around the UK. This has taught thousands of early education practitioners how to spice up their practice, and offer child-friendly activities that transform reluctant mark-makers into confident early writers.

Now, he has created this online course version of his workshop. This is also the video version of his book – Squiggle, Fiddle, Splat! 101 Genius Fine Motor And Early Writing Activities. 

This course contains 101 games to build that crucial launch-pad to get children engaged and excited by fine motor and early writing experiences.

It’s time to inspire, enthuse, and get children firmly on the path to becoming confident and interested early writers!


Early Years Teachers (Reception, Preschool, Kindergarten, Pre-K)

Key Stage 1 Teachers (Kindergarten for non-UK)

Preschool Practitioners, Deputy Managers, Managers

Preschool Practitioners, Twos Practitioners

Support Staff (For Children Aged 2-6)

Childminders Of Children Aged 2-6

Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers, Senior Leaders


-Create ‘boy friendly’ activities to lure in even the most uninterested

-Create scintillating hooks

-Design activities that children simply can’t resist

-Use unicorns and dinosaurs and superheroes, and all the other wonderful things they are interested in

-How to identify interests, and pile in when they are located

-Close that ever-present gender gap

-How to set up a whole host of amazing but simple resources in the minimum amount of time

-How to bridge the gap between beginning to make marks, and (later on) writing letters and words


2 hours of video footage

25 videos

Clear description of all 101 games, with multiple props and visuals

Cheat sheet of all games

Free copy of ebook of ‘Squiggle, Fiddle, Splat! 101 Genius Fine Motor And Early Writing Activities’

Discount for bulk purchases

5.0 out of 5 stars 
As the title says ‘Genius’ !

This is a great book written in plain English with no jargon just full of excellent ideas. Each header made me think of some of my cohort – unicorns and lava fill my day! I now have a collection of new ideas suitable for everyone but particularly to hook my reluctant mark makers attention. It’s an easy read so easy to dip in and out of for activity ideas. I also like that we have most of the resources needed, no need for expensive set-ups.

(Review on Amazon)

5.0 out of 5 stars 
Amazing book
Simply a fantastic book. It’s not often you read a book where you instantly want to try all the activities at once. They are all clearly explained and use minimal resources so you don’t have to spend hours and a fortune finding them. I
have already created a resource box filled with things needed that I either had at home or in the classroom already.
This truly is my new bible for the classroom, and nearly all the activities are already incorporated into my plans for next term. My favourite activity has to be the Bath Mat and pipettes ones, so simple yet so brilliantly effective.
Highly recommend buying this and I will certainly be looking out for more by Martin Williams.

(Review on Amazon)

5.0 out of 5 stars 
Full of great ideas

I absolutely loved reading this book. There was a lot of simple ideas using low cost items and items you can use from around the house. I found it to be a really interesting read and liked seeing the photos showing step by step. I will definitely use this on a regular basis for my planning. I think the activities can be adapted to whatever age/stage you are working with. I’m a childminder, and I will be recommending this to my parents, as they are always asking me for inspiration of what they can do at home with their children.This book is a great addition for any practioner of any experience and parents too.

Laura, Little Angels
(Review on Amazon)

5.0 out of 5 stars 
A wonderful guide full of great ideas
As a parent with no qualifications in teaching, I found this book really well written, with enough information to understand what skills are being developed without being too heavy. I love that the materials used are free or very cheap and are easily available. There are quite a few activities in this book that I’ve done before, but with an extra twist added or further extension ideas given. The activities we’ve tried so far have been a great hit with both my 6 year old reluctant writer and my 3 year old keen writer and I can’t wait to try out some more.

(Review on Amazon)

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Do you have to pay at checkout?

If you are from an educational setting, then you can request an invoice that will be sent to you. You will receive a code as soon as the invoice is set up, and you will then be able to access the course. This will usually happen in a few hours. Ideally we would like to receive payment within 30 days (but you can access the course before this as soon as the invoice is set up)

Can I access the course straight away?

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Can parents request an invoice?

Unfortunately no. We require payment for access to the course. We can only send invoices out to educational businesses and schools.

I live outside of the UK. Is this course relevant to me?

Yes, these strategies will work anywhere and are not based on national policies or documents.

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