Dot art is fun for all ages and a great way to immediately reinforce skills...Oh, and it's NO PREP!! Just print and use on the spot! They are especially useful for mixed groups (because you can address ANY skill) and for preschoolers and young children because they keeps little hands and minds busy. However, big kids love these, too!
What’s in this download?
- This 26 page download includes 21 open ended dot art pages in a variety of fall themes including: , , , , , , , , , , & Lots of suggestions for use are included as well.
Download the preview for a much closer look!!
HOW can you use them?
- I find these to be easy, print-n-go activities that can easily be incorporated into a variety of lessons. I buy bingo style paint daubers for my students to "dot" the circles. If you prefer (or if you don’t have dot paint), you can use crayons, markers, Playdoh, or magnetic style tokens to cover the circles instead.
- Use them to positively reinforce students for completing ANY skill/task. Allow students to use paint daubers/dot paint, crayons, markers, etc., to color in one circle when they provide a correct answer or complete any task asked of them. For instance, if you are having them do a task such as rhyming, allow them to dot, color, or fill in one or more circles after they provide a word that rhymes with the given word to choose.
- Keep the circles blank (because painting or coloring them in is reinforcing in itself for most children), OR write your own targets in the circles. Some targets I’ve written in the circles include: 1) Alphabet/letters (and I expect students to tell me the sound it makes OR I ask them to produce the sound during articulation therapy) 2) Words (either to read, to articulate, to say using a stuttering strategy, to give an antonym, synonym or rhyme for, to define, to construct a sentence with, etc.) 3) Sight words or CVC/CVCE/CVCV (to read, to tell the number of syllables, or to segment) 4) Questions words WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHY, WHERE, HOW (to address asking or answering questions) 5) Emotion words (for student to act out and then dot) 6) Teachers I’ve worked with have used these for math facts, word family practice, etc. 7) Send home for more practice!
For speech and language therapy in particular, I use them for:
- FUN but intensive articulation practice. Leave the dots blank or, for readers, write target words in the circles. I have students say their target sounds, words, phrases, sentences, etc. X number of times in order to be able to dot a circle. We continue the process until their masterpieces are complete. For writers, you can even have them write their target words in the small circles. Even though only a word is written in the circle, you can work at the phrase or sentence level as well. Just give students a carrier phrase in which to use the word or have them make a spontaneous sentence with the word. When teaching a phoneme in isolation, write only the phoneme (letter or letters that make the phoneme’s sound) in the circles. Allow students to dot the phoneme as they produce it correctly (or give a good effort).
- Articulation homework! Send the page home for more practice! There’s a handy box to check on each page if you want the child to practice for homework.
- A follow up art activity after reading/discussing a storybook or non-fiction passages about fall. (See preview for details.)
- Practicing fluency strategies. (See preview for details.)
- Language skill practice of all kinds (questions, categories, synonyms/antonyms, phonemic awareness, plurals, contractions, etc.
In the end, your students will have an autumn masterpiece and you will have gotten TONS of trials from them! Once it dries, send home for homework or hang these up proudly for the world to see :)
Interested in more dot art activities? See them all HERE!