Kiddo has shown an interest in handwriting lately but for a variety of reasons but I don't want to teach him how to form letters yet. I'd rather work on his fine motor skills a bit first. Connect the dot activities, or "dot-to-dots", however are a fun way to help him with his pen-wielding skills.
Due to my neurosis about not pushing representational art I didn't want to give him pre-fab dot to dots that reveal a picture when completed. Plus, I don't think it would enhance Kiddo's experience of the process as it might for other kids. (That's just his personal preference.)
I made some dot to dot worksheets by placing numbers randomly, or in patterns on paper. I made a bunch of them ahead of time so I could use them for a distraction activity when I needed to get something else done.
Although I used rubber stamps this time, I won't be doing that in the future.
It was too time consuming and I am against spending more time setting up a project than actually doing it! Geesh. Next time I will just write the numbers freehand!
He LOVED them! Kiddo called it "chasing the numbers".
He insisted I make more, including this giant dot to dot!
Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs says
Love this idea!
Nice idea--I especially like the giant one! 🙂
I love simple-to-prepare activities like this! I hope CJ enjoys it as much as Kiddo did.
Fun Mama - Deanna says
I am right there with you in not wanting to spend more time setting up an activity than actually doing it. That makes it tough, because a two year old's attention span almost dictates that will be the case. I like this idea. It's similar to one of my favorite doodling activities - a single connected swirl all over the page.
I'm going to try this!
Mom and Kiddo says
I hope you have fun!
This is totally awesome. I shared it on my site today and we plan to try it out this week! http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2013/05/color-and-word-games-toddler-approved.html