Dot-to-Dot Free Samples and Resources

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I’m sharing where to find dot-to-dot free samples (and other ideas) today because I love dot-to-dot.

Why I love dot-to-dot

  • It’s fun. I like fun stuff.
  • It is great fine motor skill practice. This is more critical for academic success than I think we give it credit for.
  • It allows practice in proper pencil holding without writing. I love writing, but some kids resist, and you don’t need to die on that hill every day.
  • It’s easy, cheap, and low-prep.
  • There are tons of wonderful resources for it.
  • You can make it really beautiful and artsy.
  • You can connect it to curriculum.

Dot-to-Dot Free Samples and Resources

Monkeying Around

In addition to their free samples, there’s an app (Apple only, so I’ve not tried it #androidgirl). There are free holiday dot-to-dots on the blog.

Their books are awesome. They have dot-to-dots that require different skills to complete. Teachers, make sure you follow their guidelines for copying. Yes, copyright applies to us, too. Who knew?

Monkeying Around Screenshot

Mindware

Oh, Mindware, how I love you. In addition to the dot-to-dot awesomeness, Mindware is just a wonderful place. They have tons of free samples of their printed products, and their games are the best anywhere. They even have a whole list of stuff specifically for GT.

Be still my heart. They don’t even know I’m writing this. I think I’ll tell them I’m their biggest fan.

Here’s a screenshot of some of the dot-to-dot awesomeness. American history? Check. Underwater animals? Check. And on and on.

mindware dot to do screenshot

More Free Dot-to-Dot Samples

  • Find 49 printable dot-to-dot resources organized by difficulty.
  • This alphabetical list has very simple printables, and it’s worth checking out for a wide range of topics (again, super simple).
  • There are myriad dot-to-dot books available, so just search on Amazon or wherever you order books from.
  • There are others, so just Google your topic with “dot to dot.” For example, here is a screenshot from my searching “dot to dot africa.” Some topics will have more than others.

dot to dot africa

 

Make Your Own

Picture Dots

PictureDots allows you to upload a picture, and it is turned (as if by magic) into a dot-to-dot. It’s not perfect (I really think dot-to-dots are best created by hand – see more below), but it’s fun, and a great idea for teachers trying to integrate it into classrooms.

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Taking it Old School

At Kidspot, they give you very simple instructions to make your own dot-to-dot with tracing paper and a couple of templates to start with (Shout out to this Aussie site!).

This is something that could be adapted to anything. Consider having kids create dot-to-dots of different shapes (lower grades) or platonic solids (higher grades). You could do states, animals, landforms, and on and on. So fun, so easy, so low-prep, so valuable.

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Final Wrap-up

I think dot-to-dots are a perfect example of how you don’t have to be complicated to be useful.

I hope you’ve found these dot-to-dot free samples handy and have fun with them.

If you have any ideas for using dot-to-dots or finding great ones, please let me know!

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