Activities to do with The Dot for International Dot Day

International Dot Day Activities

The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, has turned into more than just a read aloud about overcoming frustrations and encouraging others. It’s an entire movement now! For any child who feels as if they are “not enough,” this story will hit home.

Two quotes that came to mind when reading this book:

“The best way to get things done is to simply begin.”  – Unknown

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Warm up the Brain for Creativity on International Dot Day

Not only does drawing wake up fine motor skills, it allows an emotional connection and creativity to blossom. Start drawing or painting with a dot!

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All budding artists need proper tools to draw and paint with. They also need an appropriate place to do it! Vashti would appreciate a desk just for art! Why not make it a “Dot Desk”?

Design and Create an Easel

Sometimes a desk won’t cut it. Why not create a tabletop mini-easel?

Easels gained popularity as canvas paintings became more common. You can view your artwork more easily from a distance when it’s on an easel, and it gives you a different perspective than a desk view. Easels are also great for displaying finished works of art!

Design and Create a Painting Tool

If you haven’t tried these painting methods with kids, you’re missing out:

  • sponges
  • painting with bubble wrap
  • painting by rolling marbles
  • finger painting
  • spin art

There are SO MANY fun ways to paint! Have your students design their own unique painting device using pom poms, sponges, rollers, cardboard, etc.

Read The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds

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I created this resource to use with The Dot book on International Dot Day. I hope you enjoy the activities!

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