Children's early marks often include intentionally made scribble-marks and dots.
• The term ‘scribbles’ is largely used by adults as a derogatory term, suggesting that the person making them, shows lack of care or interest.
• We identified scribble-marks (and sometimes multiple dots) as one of the earliest means children use to communicate their mathematical thinking.
• We use the term “scribble-marks” to refer to marks that adults would find difficult to interpret without the child’s verbal explanation.
• Within their pretend play, children often use scribble-marks as “shorthand” for writing, seemingly so that the course of their play is not interrupted.
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