Seeing Dots

Seeing Dots

We’ve been seeing dots recently – well, dots and circles. International Dot Day is traditionally celebrated around September 15th, but as we’re in the middle of our gradual admission programme at that time, it’s tricky for us to join in with on the actual day. It’s great for Growth Mindset and if you need a bit of a shape focus (particularly circles!), so after assessing where the children were up in terms of their shape knowledge this year, I thought I’d use it along with some other lovely books…



I said to a follower over on my Instagram account that I would try to remember to take a photo of the books we use, so these are the ones we particularly enjoyed during this focus…

Books we used when focusing on Dots and Circles - shared by Rachel (",)


Transient Art

Felt circles, bottle tops and buttons…

Transient art with circles - from Rachel (",)

Pebbles and stones…

I included a few pictures of the fabulous stone work created by Dianne Rella on the table too…

Transient art with pebbles and stones - from Rachel (",)

Transient art with pebbles and stones - from Rachel (",)

Decorating Cardboard Circles within a Hoop

… Inspired by ThinkinEd over on Twitter

Decorating cardboard circles within a hoop, inspired by ThinkinEd - from Rachel (",)

Some escaped from the hoop too…

Decorating cardboard circles - from Rachel (",)

And there was also a ‘pile on’!!

Decorating cardboard circles (pile on!) - from Rachel (",)

On Circles 

Transient art on circles - from Rachel (",)


Maths Opportunities

Dots and Spots 

Dots and spots in the maths area from Rachel (",)

Counting Circles

Counting circles from Rachel (",)

Counting Spots and Pegging on the Correct Number

Counting spots and pegging on the correct number - Rachel (",)

You can download the spotty circles here if you’d like a copy: Numbered spot circles – from Rachel (“,)

Counting ‘Dots’

(This is a FREE printable, available to download in this post.)

Counting dots (FREE printable) - from Rachel (",)

Counting Domino Spots 

Counting domino spots - from Rachel (",)


Fine Motor Activities 

Pom-Poms and Tweezers on the Finger Gym

Pom-poms and tweezers on the Finger Gym - from Rachel (",)

Buttons and Tweezers on the Finger Gym

Buttons and tweezers - from Rachel (",)

Punching Holes

Punching holes - from Rachel (",)

Push Pins and Circles

Push pins and circles- from Rachel 2Push pins and circles- from Rachel (",)

Threading Spotty Beads

Threading dotty beads - from Rachel (",)

Threading Through ‘Circles’

Threading through 'dots' - from Rachel (",)

Bingo Dabbers

Dots with bingo dabbers- from Rachel (",)


Sticky Dots

Fine motor fun with sticky dots - from Rachel (",)



Circles on the Light Panel

Laminated tissue paper, old curtain rings (screws removed) and magnetic counters…

Laminated tissue paper and other circles on the light panel - from Rachel (",)


Circles & Dough

Circular loose parts and dough - from Rachel (",)


Patterns in the Montessori Tray

Patterns in the Montessori Tray (FREE downloadable pattern cards) - from Rachel (",)

If you’d like a copy of the handwriting patterns, you can download them FREE here:

Mark making Pattern Cards from Rachel (“,)

I should mention that the spiral you can see in the bottom centre of the photo above was created by me as part of the invitation. There was lots of this too…

Mark making in the Montessori tray - from Rachel (",)


Circles on the OHP

(With line designs.) Great excitement when someone accidentally knocked the top of the OHP and it projected onto the floor instead of the wall…

Circles on the OHP from Rachel (",)

I moved the line designs onto the light panel too…

Line designs and coloured circular counters on the light panel - from Rachel (",)


Fairies & Mythical Creatures

Along with spotty toadstools…

Fairies and mythical creatures from Rachel (",)

Fairies and mythical creatures from Rachel (",)


Mark making on Circular Card

Mark making on circular card - from Rachel (",)


Dots on a Game Board

Dots on a game board - from Rachel (",)


Dots and Circles

Actually log slice place settings and glass pebbles…

Dots and circles... from Rachel (",)


PS. You can see some of the activities we enjoyed when we previously enjoyed Dot Day over in this post 🙂

Thanks for reading!

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Elephants and log slices from Rachel (",)

One little girl added elephants to the log slices instead of glass pebbles…


– Rachel (“,)



  1. Your are such an inspiration, Rachel! I absolutely love every single learning experience on this post. Thank you so much for sharing all that you do!!

    • Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Rosa!

  2. Bravo!!! What an amazing array of provocations for the children in your class! Very inspirational…Thank you for sharing!

    • You’re welcome!
      Thanks for the lovely comment! 🙂

  3. Hi Rachel, love your blog. Hope you are currently having a happy half term. Just wondered where the Montessori trays, that you have used for sensory mark making, have come from, they are so ideal.

    • Hi Emma 🙂
      You can get exactly the same one from Amazon- search Montessori Tray or Card Display Tray. They’re not cheap – I only have one xx

  4. Hi Rachel, love your invitations and choices of materials. Very inspirational and inviting. May I ask where you got those big white hoops?
    Thank you 🙂

    • Hi Teresa! Thanks for the lovely comment! The big white hoop you see is just a normal hoop (we have them in school) with string wrapped round it


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