Dot Art

Dot Art

The objective for dot art is for your child to be independently able to connect dots in a given pattern. It can be done with letters or number.

Dot art is great for teaching your child multiple skills: numbers and to follow the numbers in order, letters and to follow the letters in order, and to follow a given logical order. All of these will help your child with learning to read, write and following a logical order (pre-math skill).

Instructions for Lessons

  1. Sit at the table with your child.
  2. Engage your child by saying your child’s name and or touching your child’s arm.
  3. Put a dot art picture and a crayon/marker in front of your child.
  4. After you have your child’s attention, hand the crayon/marker to your child, point to the picture and say “(Child’s name) let’s connect the dots in”.
  5. Perfect outcome: your child takes the crayon and starts connecting the dots in order.
Not so perfect outcome: your child takes the crayon and just starts scribbling on the paper.
  • What to do: reengage your child by saying his/her name and or touching his/her arm and repeat the instruction “(Child’s name) let’s connect the dots”, then prompt your child to connect the dots. Use the hand over hand technique to show your child how to connect the dots.

After that engage your child again and repeat. If your child starts connecting the dots in the right order, great, reinforce. If not repeat the steps from above. Repeat it three times and if your child still is not getting it move on to a different task and come back to it later. Also once your child gets the prompted instruction right, redirect your child to a simple task he/she has mastered and then go back to the original instruction to make sure your child got it.

You can always start with using your child’s index finger to connect the dots to give your child a feeling of what you want them to do and then use a crayon/marker.

It might take your child a while, a couple days maybe even a couple weeks, to grasp the concept of what is asked of him/her. Don’t get frustrated and stick with the program. Your child will get there! Reinforce (Praise) a right outcome or even if your child is trying really hard. If you have any questions or concerns please join our help desk.

Items you need:

Paper, crayons, markers, colored pencils

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