Are you in search and easy activity to keep your young kids busy during school? Dab-a-dot and do a dot printables are a low prep quiet activity that kids love. Check out this list full of this awesome fine motor activity for little ones.
What is Do A Dot?
Do A Dot activities are popular in homeschools with little ones. They are called by many different names: dab-a-dot, dot-a-dot, do-a-dot, and dab a dot or do a dot with no hyphens, and so on. Whatever you call them, kids of all ages love them.
Dot worksheets usually require the use of dot markers to complete the activity on the page. Daubers, bingo daubers, dot markers, or dot paints are all used to describe these tools.
No matter what you call them, they are super useful when teaching little ones.
Why we love dot markers:
They are way less messy than paint. There comes the time when you don’t feel like cleaning up paint or collecting broken crayons. You want a nice neat way for kids to create in a fun way. Dab-a-dot is perfect for those days.
The markers literally seem to last forever. We have had some of the same dot markers for years. It takes a long time for them to run out of ink.
For little ones, dab-a-dots provide great practice for hand-eye coordination and develop fine motor skills. Just direct the marker and aim. They are the perfect size for little hands to hold.
A simple dot activity is a much needed foundational skill for writing. It even is a foundational skill that will eventually help with playing instruments or playing sports.
If using them alongside printables, dab-a-dots require very little prep work. Even older kids enjoy playing with them and decorating with the markers.
Can you use do a dot printables without markers?
Absolutely. The best part about do a dot worksheets is that they are a great way to get creative with supplies that you may have on hand at home. You can still use them for some great hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill practice without the markers.
Here are some fun items kids like to use with the worksheets:
- pom poms are a great sensory option
- circle stickers with smiley faces or designs
- brightly colored bingo dot stickers
- glass gems or rocks from the dollar store
- Q-tips with paint or an ink pad
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Tons of Free Dab-A-Dot Printables:
There are so many different ones to choose from. We have broken them into categories to make it a little easier to find them for whatever unit or theme you are working on at home.
Alphabet, Letter and Reading
Do your kids need some extra practice with letter recognition and reading skills? These worksheets are a great addition to a reading or phonics program and for preschool.
We created a Free Do-A-Dot Alphabet Worksheets Pack that you can print and use with your little one. You can find the instant download link at the bottom of this post.
Digraph Dot Pages (2 Free levels) – Learn the letter sounds that digraphs make with these printables in two different levels.
Blend & Dab Beginning Blends Worksheets – Need some extra help with beginning blends? These worksheets will help you out.
Sight Word Printables: Dab N’ DOT – Get help with sight word mastery with these printables.
Dab a Dot CVC Words Free Printable Mazes – Follow the maze with your dot markers dotting away at the rhyming words that match.
Syllables Free Worksheets – Dot the Syllables – Practice counting syllables in words by dotting them.
Bingo Marker Alphabet Worksheets – These letters of the alphabet worksheets will have your children color the whole alphabet.
Dab & Dot Sight Word Free Worksheets – Dab and spell with these fun worksheets.
Numbers and Shapes
Work on number recognition and learning shapes while having fun at the same time.
Spot and Dot Numbers 1-10 – Spot and dot the numbers with these worksheets.
Do a Dot Free Printables- Numbers – Dot the numbers and create number cards that your kids can practice writing the numbers on.
Dot marker shape printables – Lots of different shape printables great for learning 2D shapes.
Free Counting Do-A-Dot Printables – Your kids will love these cute and colorful counting printables.
Number Recognition Free Worksheets – Dot worksheets to help practice number recognition.
Set of Number Dot Marker Pages 0 to 20 worksheets – Practice numbers 0-20 with these worksheets.
Do a Dot Shapes Worksheets – Create your own shape booklet with these fun printables.
Montessori Inspired Dot Pages
These dot worksheets are all Montessori inspired and great for your Montessori style homeschool.
Rock and Quartzite Fun Activity – These printables are perfect for a rock study in your homeschool.
Duster Do-A-Dot Activity – Learn about cleaning and the letter D with this duster printable.
Montessori-Inspired FreeIgloo Do-A-Dot Instant Printable – This is a cute igloo theme with matching cards that go with the printables.
Apple Do a Dot Phonics – These printables are great for an apple montessori theme with phonics practice.
Do-A-Dot Marker Activities & Free Printables – Learn how to use these in a Montessori style homeschool with links to even more resources.
Fun Themed Printables
These themed worksheets have exciting and fun designs. There are so many different ones to choose from. You may want to print them out and store them in a 3 ring binder.
Back to School Do a Dot – Start the new year right with these cute back to school themed worksheets.
Weather Do a Dot – Are you learning about different types of weather? These printables are so adorable and fun.
Bingo Dauber Dot Art – These art pages are so creative. Your kids can color them with dot markers to make their own art.
Do a Dot Printables for Your Toddler – This wonderful freebie has over 200 printables perfect for toddlers.
Downloadable Brown Bear PreK Pack – These are perfect to use while reading one of our favorite books.
Ice Cream Do-A-Dot Counting Activity – I love the fun and colorful ice cream theme.
Frozen Themed Dot Marker Free Printable Pages – Beautiful coloring pages that you can color and use dot markers on.
Minecraft Dot Markers – Mincecraft lovers will have a blast with over 60 pages of themed printables.
Car Dot Activity Dots – These are so cute if you have kids that love playing with little cars.
Rainforest Animals Do a Dot Free Printables – Are you learning about the animals that live in the rainforest? Pull these colorful printables out when you are doing that theme.
Sea Animals Do a Dot Printables – These sea animal pages are perfect for a study on the ocean.
Farm Animals Do a Dot Printables – If you are visiting a farm this fall your kids will love these farm animal themed printables.
Bugs Do A Dot Free Printables – Learning about bugs? These cute bug themed worksheets are a great addition.
Q-Tip Dab-A-Dot Free Printables
If you don’t have any markers at home, these printables are for you! All you need are some q-tips, paint that you have on hand, or an ink pad.
Q Tip Painting Alphabet – More alphabet printables with cute pictures to accompany the letters.
Fine Motor Practice With Q-Tip Prewriting Printables – These printables are great for fine motor skills. You can use q-tips or little pom poms to complete the activity.
Dab-a-Dot Shapes Q-Tip Painting – Practice shape recognition with these shape printables.
Instant Download: Free Alphabet Do-A-Dot Worksheets Pack
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!