Dot art is fun for all ages and a great way to immediately reinforce skills...Oh, and NO PREP!! Just print and use on the spot!
I've been slowly creating these and using them in my therapy over the past 2 years. I couldn't live without them!!
This 64 page download includes 60 open ended dot art pages in a variety of themes such as ocean, sports, farm, animals, pets, forest, reptiles, zoo, transportation, snacks, insects, jungle, Earth, nature, monsters, fantasy creatures, toys, dinosaurs, castles, sweets, birthday, candy, food, etc.
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I find these to be easy, print-n-go activities that can easily be incorporated into a variety of lessons. They are especially useful for preschoolers and young children because it keeps little hands and minds busy. However, big kids love these, too! I buy bingo style paint, which I purchase at LakeShore Learning Company or Amazon, for my students to dot in the circles. If you prefer (or if you don’t have paint), you can use chipper chat style tokens to cover the circles instead.
Suggestions for use:
I use these pages in therapy for...
1...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).
2....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.
3....a follow up art activity after reading/discussing a storybook. These pages go well with story books of all kinds! The pages include the following themes: ocean, sports, farm, animals, pets, forest, reptiles, zoo, transportation, snacks, insects, jungle, Earth, nature, monsters, fantasy creatures, toys, dinosaurs, castles, sweets, birthday, candy, food, etc. While the students paint, continue to discuss the story! Predict what might happen after the book is over. You can even require them to answer questions about the setting, characters, events, details, plot, theme, main idea, etc. in order to earn the privilege of dotting X number of circles (as described above with articulation therapy).
4....a follow up art activity after reading non-fiction passages. I choose a page that relates to the passage we have read and let students dot 3-5 dots after answering a question about the passage.
5....fun practice of fluency strategies. Leave the dots blank or, for readers, write a fluency strategy abbreviation on each circle. For blank circles, have students practice a fluency strategy which I assign (such as easy onsets, light contacts, stretching, or chunking, etc.) X times in order to “dot” 1 or more circles. When I write strategies (abbreviated) in the circles, I have students dot a circle and then apply the strategy they dotted by saying an assigned, phrase, sentences, etc. X number of times. We continue the process until their masterpieces are complete.
6....sight word or decoding practice. For my students who struggle with these, I support their teachers by writing sight words or decodable words (CVC, CVCV, CVCE, etc.) in the circles and required them to read the word before being allowed to dot it. They can practice these for homework as well!
In the end, your students will have a painted, speech-and-language inspired masterpiece and you will have gotten TONS of productions from them! Once it dries, send home for homework or hang these up proudly for the world to see :)
If you love this activity, and want to see more of these, please let me know by providing feedback or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have LOTS of dot art activities in my store. A couple are listed below :) Thanks for stopping by!
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