DIY mazes and dot-to-dots

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Sometimes Maia and I hang out at the kitchen table and draw dot-to-dots for each other. I don't remember how this started exactly, but we've been doing it every once in a while for a couple of years now. She makes them for me to trace and I make them for her to trace. The one above is Maia's. When she was younger she would would just make random dots all over the page for me to connect up. Now she lines them up to form a more coherent shape or design.

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Here's a super simple one I made for Maia. I generally keep mine fairly abstract although I've been known to do a unicorn on request.

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Sometimes Maia makes dot-to-dots for herself to trace.

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This one started out as a dot-to-dot and turned into a maze, which I think is pretty cool. (We also draw straight-up mazes for each other sometimes.)

Fun times at our table with simple paper and markers!


12 Comments

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    sherri/the claw
    September 24, 2010 at 10:33 am

    love this idea. we are big dot-to-dot fans and maze fans over here, will give this a try. have a great weekend!

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    Dawn Lange
    September 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    we’ve been doing a lot of dot-to-dots lately too! And Stephen made a really cool maze out of all the reflective tape strips!!

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    Marlyn
    September 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Alex and I do this too!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Ooh! I like that idea! I bet Maia might like to try one with her masking tape.

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    Leslie
    September 24, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Love it! Can you tell me about the marker holder in the second picture down? Is that plaster of paris in the bowl with the caps?

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    Leslie
    September 24, 2010 at 10:42 pm

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    Two Chicks and a Hen
    September 24, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    This is a cute idea. We’ve been doing pre-printed dot-to-dots lately, but my daughter’s personality seems much more geared toward the DIY dot-to-dot approach.

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 25, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Yes, plaster of paris holding the caps in the bowl. We’ve used it for about three years now and really like it. It’s an idea from MaryAnn Kohl’s “First Art.”

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    Jean Van't Hul
    September 25, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Great. I’ll have to check that out. Sounds interesting!

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    Danielle (elleinadspir)
    September 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I love this idea! My son loves both dot to dots and mazes…but I never thought to do then myself! Duh! Thank you. Btw…linked to you on Friday. Hope that was ok. Love your site and just wanted to share it!

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    Earthly Joyride
    September 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    What a great idea – it would be a fabulous keep-them-entertained-at-a-cafe thing to do as well!

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    Kelly
    September 26, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    My 3-year-old and I do lots and lots of open-ended art projects at our house but she hasn’t been interested in drawing for awhile (hopefully a short phase?)…she wants to get messy and mix colors and glue stuff etc. But this looks fun and I think she would enjoy it!

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