International Dot Day takes place on September 15th of each year. The day is a celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration. I love giving my students different opportunities to be creative and work together on that day.
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Read The Book
Of course, you need to start your day off by reading the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds!
It is a beautiful story of a child finding the courage to take the first step in expressing herself.
I love taking the time to discuss the book’s meaning and encouraging my students to always try!
Dot Day Art
Bingo Dabber Art
We explored using Bingo Dabbers to create different circle designs. This was great as a beginning-of-the-year activity because students could explore a new art tool.
Watercolour Spray Circle Art
With this art provocation, students could explore a different art tool – watercolour spray bottles.
I made them using dried-out markers:
- Let markers sit (with caps off) in a cup of water for at least 24 hours (I think I left them a couple of days)
- Transfer liquid to spray bottles
- Add a capful of rubbing alcohol so that mould does not form
These spray bottles were so much fun to use, and we kept them for other projects throughout the school year.
We collected various-sized caps, and students placed them on a sheet of paper. They sprayed it with watercolour and then removed the caps.
Dot Day with Quiver
We also used the Quiver app to make 3D dots. All you have to do is download the colouring page and have students use crayons to decorate their dot (the more colour, the better!)
Once they are done decorating their dot, you can load the app on your phone or iPad and scan their creation, and it will become 3D!
My students are always amazed when they see this and love watching their drawings pop off the page.