Friday, September 5, 2014

Celebrate International Dot Day!

Mark your calendars. Monday, September 15th is INTERNATIONAL DOT DAY! People from all over the world will "celebrate creativity, courage, and collaboration" all inspired by that small, round spot known as the dot. This day would not be possible without the award winning picture book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. According to Reynolds, "The Dot more than anything celebrates the power of creative teaching."

Since its publication in 2003, The Dot has inspired readers of all ages to step out of their comfort zone and take a chance. Like Vashti, the protagonist in The Dot, we are called on to find the courage to make a mark in our own lives and then pass on the encouragement to others.

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

There is no shortage of resources on how to celebrate International Dot Day. A good place to begin is by downloading the The Educator's Handbook for International Dot Day. This 16 page book includes an introduction to International Dot Day, ideas for creative activities, and a printable picture frame to show off dot masterpieces. 

At The Dot Club, everyone is invited to register, join in the fun, and share their own ideas. Of course you will want to connect with other dot enthusiasts through social media including Facebook International Dot Day and Twitter @DotClubConnect and Pinterest International Dot Day/Pinterest

Here are some of my favorite dot art activities! 
(Click on the caption and go directly to instructions.)

Coffee Filter Dots

Art Lesson Dots

Paper Plate Patterns

How will YOU celebrate International Dot Day?