Do-A-Dot Marker Activities & Free Printables!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

If you haven't already experienced Do-A-Dot paints, you should try them out.  These spill-proof bottles of colored paint come in many non-toxic varieties.  With a soft foam applicator and a chunky base for more control, your child can make dots, swirls, or lines of colors to create unique works of art.  They do sell neat activity books(made with thick, tear-out paper which is great for paint and hanging up your works of art), but lucky for us there are many free, printable/downloadable activities out there on the internet as well.  I've compiled some great resources below! 

I've read that some people will use Bingo Markers for these activities as well, though I will caution that depending on the brand they may not be non-toxic and are not typically designed for children's use (may not be washable). 

These great alphabet pages {A-M} and {N-Z} are created by Homeschool Creations
The photo above is from her blog posting about the letters. provides us with this set of alphabet letters, counting and shapes for use with the Do-A-Dots.
{Photo from their website}.

{Photo courtesy of Tot School}.
As mentioned in her posting, dots are great to use with "Thumbprint Art" activities.  Check out Ed Emberley's website for great ideas to turn your dots into lots of fun and creative things!

For some of these, the child makes dots around the inside of the outline of the letters to form the words.  For others, the outline for the placement of the dots is clearly defined.

DLTK has artistic printables for the dot markers.
Varieties include holidays, seasons, and animals.

Confessions of a Homeschooler has great Do-A-Dot downloads for each letter of the alphabet.
Here is an example for the letter W and the letter F.  They are very well designed, but you must go to her website and look under the tab "ABC's and 123's" to download the letter you are looking for.  I also recommend her complete download of her "Letter of the Week" curriculum.  It is reasonably priced at $10, and you get everything she designs for every letter- a ton of great stuff. 
(And no, I'm not affiliated with her or her site, I just like it! ♥) 
Her circular magnet pages can also be used for Do-A-Dots, just don't laminate them and use them for the dot paints instead.

Create Do-A-Dot flowers and tie-dye-like designs using coffee filters!
Check out this great idea by Charlotte's Fancy
{Photo above from her blog}.

{Photo Credit: My Montessori Journey}

I also love this variety of ideas from Educating Risa.
A Train and a Car Do-A-Dot downloads from Lessons from the Boys

You can use circle stickers, balls of play dough, glue Cheerios or fruit loops, laminate the pages and use circular magnets on a cookie sheet, or glue cotton balls, marshmallows, or pom poms on these same pages for more fun.


the sleepy time gal said...

i can see my johanna loving doing those activities.

Shannon said...

Thanks for the link!

Emily said...

Thank you for sharing the printables. I'm excited to use them with my son. I did a post on this on my blog at I posted a picture on their from this page. I gave you credit for it and linked back to you. I hope that is okay with you. Thanks!!

SimplyMontessori said...

That is wonderful, thank you Emily!!! ♥

Elena @ Modern Oliva said...

I'm so happy that I found this post. My daughter just received these markers over the holidays and I'm glad to find some constructive activities out there.

The Eslingers said...

This is fantastic! Thank you so much for posting this page, my daughter is doing the rainbow as we speak! LOVE IT! xo

Marnie said...

once again on your blog printing these pages out! :-) TY!

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