Inside: Connect with your kids while teaching them and fostering creativity with these do a dot printables. These are part of our favorite dinosaur activities for kids.
As soon as I took out the dot markers, I remembered.
I remembered the fear and panic coursing through my veins as I saw tiny, chubby hands maniacally pounding the tip of the markers onto the paper.
The liquid dye coming out with far too great of ease and those hands.
Those hands were covered in wet dye, eagerly waiting to attach themselves to my couch or walls.
In exactly half a millisecond my mind had run through all the various scenarios of how I would explain my thoughts that dot markers would be perfect for my little toddler in our very white, very new house.
I grabbed a baby wipe, poised to strike when the ink hit the table.
….. and it did hit the table.
But, luckily it wiped up almost instantly.
Eventually, my thoughts were able to relax, and I began to enjoy my kids getting messy, being creative and having fun with their new dot markers.
All this to say, don’t be like me when you start this activity.
Be prepared (with wipes nearby, a placemat or plastic tablecloth) and know this activity will probably be messy. Remember to make the necessary preparations so you aren’t stressed and anxious.
Those emotions are the opposite of what you’re going for here and I’m certain if you know the messiness going into this activity, you’ll have fun and enjoy it instead!
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Benefits of Dot Markers
There are so many reasons why you should allow your kids to use dot markers, besides, of course, spending quality time with them.
Some of the skills kids learn from using these markers include:
- hand-eye coordination
- fine motor skills
- color identification
- expressing creativity
Dinosaur Do A Dot Printables
To help you get full use out of your dot markers, I’ve created this dinosaur themed do a dot printable pack that addresses a variety of topics including letter identification, number identification, cutting skills, an introduction to graphing, and lots of coloring pages to enhance creativity and practice hand-eye coordination.
I’d love to show you just how fun and engaging these printables are. You can download the dinosaur graphing page for free by entering your email address below. You’ll receive the file via email as soon as you subscribe.
- Dot Markers (We’ve used Do-A-Dot Markers in the past but used the Dab & Dot Markers this time)
- Paper (I like to use thick paper like this one so the markers don’t bleed through)
- Child Scissors
Do A Dot Art Coloring Pages:
Have your child practice hand-eye coordination by stamping the markers in each circle of the dinosaur. If you want to reuse these printables or make a no-mess activity, you can use circle stickers, counters (like pom-poms, stones, etc) or playdoh.
See the printables in action below:
Do A Dot Letter Identification:
Practice recognizing uppercase “D” and lowercase “d” by stamping each circle that contains only those letters.
Dot Marker Graphing:
Help prepare your child for math with this fun graphing practice. Count with your child the number of each type of dinosaur in the box at the top of the page. Then, stamp one circle for each dinosaur found. Afterward, count the number of stamps for each dinosaur and write the corresponding number in the blank at the bottom of the page.
Do A Dot Counting:
Count the dinosaurs in each box, then dot the circle with the correct number inside of it.
Dot Marker Maze:
Help your child find their way through the alphabet maze by following the trail of uppercase “D” and lowercase “d” throughout the alphabet circles.
Dot Marker Cutting Practice Sheets:
Practice fine motor skills by having your child dot each circle between the two dinosaurs, then cutting along the dotted lines.
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