Dots, Spots & Circles

Dots, Spots & Circles

We’ve been seeing dots this week! As we are still currently getting to know our new children (discovering their interests & assessing where they are up to & what we need to do next), I thought it would be lovely to celebrate International Dot Day along with so many other schools across the world. It would also give us the opportunity to make a quick assessment on colour & shape recognition.

We enjoyed reading the fab book, ‘The Dot’ by Peter H Reynolds & also ‘Press Here’ by Hervé Tullet & then had the opportunity to explore various provocations in the classroom.

Celebrating International Dot Day - from Rachel (",)

Here are some of the things we got up to…

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Dots & Spots in the Maths Area

We had a mixture of directed challenges & self-initiated play in this area…

Counting Dots and Spots from Rachel (",)

Counting Dots and Spots from Rachel (",)

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Kandinsky Circles

Lots of maths opportunities here… the images you see here were from when working with an adult…

'Dots' and Kandinsky... from Rachel (",)

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Counting ‘Dots’

Counting glass nugget ‘dots’ onto my number outlines…

Counting 'dots' - from Rachel (",)

There is a downloadable copy of the number outlines in this post if you think you would find them useful 🙂

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Transient Art with Circles

Oh so simple! Bottle tops, glass nugget ‘dots’, circles from the shape tray & homemade laminated circles. The art was so effective…

Simple transient art with circles... from Rachel (",)

Simple transient art with circles... from Rachel (",).

Exploring Circles

I also provided a variety of loose parts which were circular in shape. This was mainly accessed by my ‘Early Starters’, but the new children did enjoy touching, feeling & ‘piling’ up’ the different resources…

Exploring circular shapes - from Rachel (",)

Exploring circular shapes - from Rachel (",)

Fine Motor Button Fun

Tweezers & button ‘dots’. The children mainly sorted for colour or size & some struggled manipulating the tweezers…

Using fine motor skills to sort buttons - Rachel (",)

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‘Dots’ in the Sand

Scooping & pattern making…

Dots in the sand... from Rachel (",)

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Fine Motor Sticky Dot Activity

They enjoyed sticking the dots on the  circles & peeling the stickers is great for fine-motor skills…

Fine motor sticky dot fun... from Rachel (",)

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Hole Punching ‘Dots’

Another fun fine-motor activity…

Fine motor hole-punch fun... from Rachel (",)

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Painting

I love the line, ‘Just make a mark and see where it takes you” in the story, ‘The Dot’…

Dot Day - 'Just make a mark and see where it takes you'... from Rachel (",)

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Dot Day - 'Just make a mark and see where it takes you'... from Rachel (",)

This ‘mark’ even ended up over body parts! 😉

Dot Day - 'Just make a mark and see where it takes you'... from Rachel (",)

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Magnetic ‘Dots’ in the Water Tray

It was fun to watch the colourful magnetic discs swirl about in the water. Difficult to capture in a photo though!

Magnetic 'dots' in the water tray - from Rachel (",)

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‘Dots’ in the Dough

'Dots' in the dough from Rachel (",)

'Dots' in the dough from Rachel (",)

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‘Dots’ on the Homemade Lightbox

I provided acetates with patterns on & a plastic egg box to go with the counters…

'Dots' on the lightbox... from Rachel (",)

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‘Dots’ in egg boxes

This was completely child-initiated. After discovering the egg box trays, two girls used the nuggets from the circle transient art to fill them…

'Dots' in egg boxes - from Rachel (",)

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Pirates & Princesses

Absolutely nothing to do with Dot Day! I have discovered that a few of the children love pirates & princesses so I created a simple world for them to explore…

Simple pirate and princess play from Rachel (",)

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8 Comments

  1. As always this looks so inviting. Lots of great ideas to inspire learners 🙂

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    • Thanks Hannah! 🙂 x

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  2. It’s amazing how many things you can find in your environment that are circular! Beautifully presented. Love exploring colour and shape. A great opportunity for children to explore and show off their creativity. Hope your children are settling in well 🙂

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    • Thanks Rachel, we’ve loved these activities 😀
      They are pretty settled, but I’m still getting to know them as they’ve only just finished Gradual Admissions. Next week they’re all in for their full sessions so we’ll see how we get on!

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  3. Everything on here is wonderful!! Really inspiring -so thank you so much for sharing all your ideas.I would love to know where you got your brightly coloured glass nuggets from? Also where did you find the different coloured little ladybirds?

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    • Hi Sue, thanks for the lovely comment!
      You can get the nuggets & ladybirds from eBay (“,)

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  4. I have the book ‘Press Here’ and love it!

    I am definitely going to try some of these activities 🙂

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    • Have fun, Carly! 😀

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