Dot to Dot Printables
Connect the Dots Printable Worksheets
Dozens of dot-to-dot printables sorted into difficulty levels. I have included the number of dots in each sheet in brackets like this: (10) to help you decide which one would be suitable for your child or student. These sheets are very educational, reinforcing counting and number recognition. Once your student is fluent in counting, you can make the activity more challenging by getting him to start at the biggest number and work backwards—learning to count down.
The printables on this page range from very easy up to very hard. The very hard dot-to-dot worksheets would even be fun for adults.
I have also found some skip counting printables (e.g. count by 2's: 2-4-6-8-10 etc.). These would make an ideal introduction for teaching your children their times tables.
Some will also teach alphabetical order - either with uppercase letters (ABCD) or lowercase letters (abcd).
Children may also like to color in their final picture too, giving twice the enjoyment. And if you're looking for some different ways to use these designs, I have included some creative ideas near the end of this page.
Number Dot to Dot Printables
Very Easy: Up to 10 dots
These activity sheets are great for young children who are just learning their numbers - beginning counting and single digit number recognition.
Several puzzles - Caterpillar (5), Dreaming Cat (5), Dog bone (5), Swimming Fish (5), Leaf (10), Butterfly (10), Apple (10), Ant with pencil (10)
Clown in a box (6)
Duck / goose (9)
Very easy puzzles, each with 10 dots - Candle, barn, castle, owl, snowman in hat and coat, dog in a chair, dog, boy in headdress, teepee, man wearing a hat, flower, gingerbread man ornament, gift in a stocking, laughing elf, and gift box.
Easy: 11 to 20 dots
21 to 50 Dots
Hard: 51 to 100 Dots
Very Hard: 101 to 200 Dots
Extreme: More Than 200 Dots
Prepare to be challenged! Some really big puzzles here (including one with 822 dots!) and some with a slightly different format to usual. Part of the excitement of these puzzles is not being able to predict what the final picture will be, even as you're drawing.
Dot-to-Dot Books by David Kalvitis
More challenges for you! The puzzles from the monkeyingaround site above are sample puzzles from the following books.
This fun book contains a variety of pictures - including animals, vehicles, people, buildings, insects, and sports, at varying difficulty levels. There are some twists and challenges which make it quite tricky to guess what the picture is before you start. Just the first in a series!
More Connect the Dots Websites
This website has lots of puzzles, all organized by theme. You get to choose from different celebrations (Christmas, Valentines Day, Thanksgiving, Easter, etc.), animals, characters, carnivals, and more.
These activity sheets are also organized by theme. The different themes include seasons, special occasions, animals, medieval, outer space, pirates, sports and more.
Multiples Dot to Dot Printables
Count by 2's - 2 - 4 - 6 - 8 - 10 - 12 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 20 ...
Count by 5's - 5 - 10 - 15 - 20 - 25 - 30 - 35 - 40 - 45 - 50 ...
Great for teaching alphabetical order
Lowercase Letters ABCs
Dotted Line Pictures
Trace the Dotted Lines Printables
These designs don't have any numbers or letters to show the order. Instead it is just obvious from the picture how to connect the dots. This type of puzzle is great for preschoolers to help them develop their fine motor control and their ability to hold a pencil.
Several tracing puzzles for toddlers, including a playful puppy, a penguin, a vase of flowers, a giraffe, a skeleton, a dinosaur, seals, dolphins and more.
Scroll down several pirate, fairies, Narnia and owls.
Five suitable printables here: beaver, seahorse, snail, owl, dolphin.
Several printables including a bird, care bear, ducks, elephant, flower, Hello kitty on a dolphin and a hippo. Note: I couldn't get the first one to work.
Creative Ideas for Using These Designs
Fun Idea for Teaching Sewing
When a child is just learning how to sew with a sewing machine is by sewing on a piece of paper with one of these puzzles printed on it. Use brightly colored threads. This is a fun way to practice sewing straight lines and learning to start the machine and stop at the right place. Your child will also learn how to make sure the needle is down in the right spot, lift the presser foot and pivot the paper so that it is facing in the right direction to get to the next point. It is best not to use too complicated a pattern to begin with. Choose a design where the dots are not crowded too close together and are a bit spread out. Set the sewing machine to have an average stitch length—if you make the stitches too long, you'll lose the detail and it will make it harder to stop close to each dot. If you make the stitch length too short, you might end up breaking the paper.
Another Sewing Project: Make a Greeting Card
Reduce the size of the picture then print it out on some thicker paper or card. This can be white or colored. Use a sewing machine to stitch the design from number to number using a thread with a color which contrasts well with the card you're stitching on. When you've finished stitching the picture, mount it on another piece of card folded in half to make a greeting card.
Again, I recommend using a relatively simple pattern with not too many dots. And make sure to set your stitch size to average. If you are using a very simple design, you could use some of the fancy stitches available on your sewing machine (e.g. a zigzag) to join each point.
Wikki Stix Designs
Wikki Stix are made from knitting yarn which has been infused with a non-toxic wax so that they hold together and will stick to most smooth surfaces. If you make a mistake, you simply peel them up and restick in the right place. You can use scissors to cut each stick to the desired size.
Choose an appropriate design. This craft will work best with patterns that have quite a few dots and no other lines printed on the design. You need to be able to "see" the picture from just the dots. Print the design on card then using a pin, make a hole at every dot. Stick your page to the window so that the light shines through the pin holes.
Down through the ages, humans have been fascinated with joining points together with lines. Just look at the constellation diagrams, where stars are joined together to make pictures in the night sky. And with those, you need a good amount of imagination to see how you can get the picture out of the star-points!