Dot to Dot Printables

Bee picture.
Bee picture. | Source

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)

Unicorn (7)

Duck / goose (9)

Yacht (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

13-dot puzzle
13-dot puzzle

Tower (11)

Baseball cap (12)

Lion (14)

Bear (14)

Cute school house (16)

21 to 50 Dots

Butterfly puzzle
Butterfly puzzle

Butterfly (pictured above) (44)

Several here - Liberty bell (23), Lighthouse and yacht (27), Snowman (31), Fire truck (33), Ghost (35), Pig (47)

Alligator/crocodile (30)

Magnificent castle (35)

Hard: 51 to 100 Dots

Haunted house (85)

Bible story: Rebekah at the well (95)

Very Hard: 101 to 200 Dots

Very difficult connect-the-dot puzzle.
Very difficult connect-the-dot puzzle. | Source

Stop/start connect-the-dots. Sample from Book 1: tepee (112)

Princess (102)

A man (Abraham) riding a camel (105)

Camel (109)

Penguins (pictured above) (124)

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.

Snowflake (229)

Colosseum (252)

Moose (270)

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.

The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Book in the World, Book 1
The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Book in the World, Book 1

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

Skip counting

Count by 2's - 2 - 4 - 6 - 8 - 10 - 12 - 14 - 16 - 18 - 20 ...

Skip counting by twos.
Skip counting by twos.

Count by 5's - 5 - 10 - 15 - 20 - 25 - 30 - 35 - 40 - 45 - 50 ...

Count by fives.
Count by fives.

Alphabet Printables

Great for teaching alphabetical order

Lowercase Letters ABCs

ABCs puzzle.
ABCs puzzle.

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.

Light Picture

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.

constellation dot to dot
constellation dot to dot

Star Constellations

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!

Do You Enjoy These Puzzles? 61 comments

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PinkstonePictures 3 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

I used to love dot-to-dot when I was kid. Thanks for the memory

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Sana139 3 years ago

cute lens!!

Gigglesmith 3 years ago

Connect the dots are always fun

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Carpenter76 3 years ago

The kids in my class love those!

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Rodaussie 3 years ago

love dot to dot since i'm a kid... Blessed

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MVSquid 3 years ago

Great idea. I know the kids will love these.

miller83 3 years ago

Love the lens. My kid will loves these. Thank you.

seosmm 3 years ago

Very interesting and nice lens!

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beaworkathomemom 3 years ago

Kids will surely love this. A great pastime activity.

forextrading2000 3 years ago

I love this lens! You have given us a great resource. Thanks...

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maryseena 3 years ago

I wish I had come across this lens much earlier when I was teaching kindergarten.

It is a good collection.

anonymous 3 years ago

ok for a 8 year old

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mortgage2 3 years ago

Great dot to dot puzzles that are super to color afterwards, the kids love them and it keeps them occupied nicely on rainy afternoons, thanks!

longbitbeard 3 years ago

I love these, kids positively eat them up!

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DeboraR 3 years ago

OMG! I've not done these in years! I love dot 2 dot! Might have to scroll back up and place an order for a whole book of them!

anonymous 3 years ago

Great source :)

anonymous 4 years ago

the puzzles are great ! It wood be interesting to to have some puzzles with multiplications. Example : 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, ...

It makes it very interesting for children to exercise without knowing doing math.

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krislu lm 4 years ago

As a child, I LOVED dot to dot puzzles! This is great! Thanks for sharing!

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IssacAlouf 4 years ago

Yeah, I'm old... yeah I like connect the dots... what's the big deal? :)

KristoferPurple 4 years ago

Just wanted to drop in and say this is an awesome lens! :)

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