Family Time Calendar: Get Crafty - iVillage

Why settle for store-bought books when making them can be even more fun? This activity is great anytime, anyplace. Encourage kids to sit by a window and use spring as inspiration for their drawings.

Ages three and up

Materials Needed:

  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Dot-to-dot books (for idea and reference)
  1. Begin by allowing your child to make random dots with a marker all over a piece of paper. (You might want to begin with just a few dots -- 10 to 20 at first.) Allow your child to randomly connect them. What kind of picture did he/she create?
  2. Take another piece of paper and have your child randomly make new dots on the page. Then, take a marker and number the dots. Take a different color marker and have your child try to connect the dots in numerical order. Help them as needed. What does this picture look like?
  3. Try the above again, this time using letters instead of numbers. For younger children, only do numbers from 1 to 10 or the alphabet from A to J for example.
  4. On a new piece of paper, take a marker and make dots in a simple shape such as a square, circle, triangle, rectangle, star, etc. Place a number or letter next to each dot and have your child connect the dots to make the whole shape.
  5. Next, try making a simple picture with dots, such as an ice cream cone, flower, house, tree, etc. If you happen to be a terrific artist (I am not!) try more elaborate pictures. Remember to add inside details or lines as needed, such as an eye, if you are making an animal. Decide whether to mark each dot with a number or letter. As your child is doing the dot-to-dot, ask him/her if she knows yet what the picture is.
  6. When your child tires of this activity, he/she can color in the pictures you've created or cut out the pictures following dot to dot.
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