The Writing Belts have been developed to help and encourage early writers to use mark making and writing during their play particularly during imaginative and role play situations, by ensuring that writing materials are to hand They are equally appropriate for use in a home, childminding or educational setting. They include a guidance leaflet for adults to explain their learning value and provide ideas and suggestions. They were developed with the help of early years advisers and practitioners and are based on nationally accepted principles of play-based learning, and support the Early Years Curriculum.(EYFS). Writing Belts were inspired by the idea of a workman’s tool belt. They are multi-pocketed and the fasten with a hook and loop (velcro) band which is long enough to go over a coat for outdoor play. The front waistband has loops to attach the writing essentials, making sure they are to hand during play. The standard items are a pen on a spiral spring, a notepad made from a recycled circuit board with a notepad, and a mobile phone (shell only but buttons which still work). The fabric of the belt is tough and washable.There are currently four fabric designs aimed at appealing to boys particularly, as they tend to need more encouragement to include writing in their play. There is also an extra loop on the left side to alter the position of the pen for left handed children. The pockets are generous sized and ready for all sorts of play essentials from lego blocks to favourite toys. The Belts can be worn during imaginative play situations as a natural part of everyday activities. As well as the writing tools, the mobile phone broadens the opportunities for communication, encourages interaction and enhances situations where messaging is part of play.Then, when that leads to an opportunity for writing, it is not missed. The phone is a great motivator and if children can see that writing or mark making is a natural part of life, it helps them to understand why learning to write is so important and encourages a positive attitude towards it.