Picture Book Project: The Dot

 Picture Book Project: The Dot

Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us to share some creative project ideas for one of our favorite children’s books, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.

I often encourage and nourish the notion of individuality and uniqueness in my children and by chance this week I stumbled upon a delightful picture book to assist in this process.

Have you ever read the book The Dot? The book by Peter H. Reynolds is about a little girl on a journey to discover her self worth and that she does have a talent to offer the world. Sometimes a little praise and encouragement is all that is required.

Here is a link to the story The Dot on You Tube and the book is available here or at your local boutique bookstore or local library. I shared the story with my littles and it opened the door to so many delightful activities. I would actually like to create a version of this video featuring my littles reading the book together with our dot art as the accompanying images. I think this would be a delightful gift for Grandparents or even for a class to do at school.

Here are some activities I plan on doing based on book. Do you care to join in? Do you have any ideas to add?

  • Set out a morning provocation of water color paints and ask your littles to create their own dot masterpiece.  Present paper in a variety of sizes, textures and colors.
  • Set up a space outside with chalk for dots to be created.  Capture these moments of playful learning with your camera. Print out the images and make cards to send to family (send as an email or  make a virtual card with an app, such as RedStamp).
  • Create a family piece of dot art on a large canvas.
  • Encourage your children to make their own dot gallery.  Invite family and friends over and host a dot exhibition selling your children’s art to family and friends to raise money for a charity.  Prices could be as little as $2. Maybe even a silent auction could take place?
  • Search for dots in nature and take photos or go for a walk in the city and capture city circles.
The littles and I created some adorable silk screen printed dots.  The process is long when using a silk screen as you need have patience and wait for each layer to dry before you can add another dot, however it is a lovely activity to have going throughout the day, adding to every now and then.

Picture Book Project: The Dot

If you’re looking for some Dot-Art inspiration, check out the work of Rachel Castle here.

You can also check out an interview with the author, Peter H. Reynolds, here.

Share your dots on instagram and tag @playfullearning @thirteenredshoesblog #makeyourmarkwithadot for us to share in the beauty of dots.


Rebecca has a love for travel, the outdoors, and picture books, and enjoys spending her time sourcing delightful educational experiences to share with her two sons.With a background in early childhood and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania, Rebecca teaches at a private all girls school in Australia. Her passion for the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori lead Rebecca to Playful Learning many years ago when she first enrolled in the online Playful Learning Spaces workshop.  She shortly became a regular contributor, mainly focusing on children’s literature. Rebecca is currently working on a modern day primer for children, called Alphabet Town under the label bec + georg.



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  1. Watched it on you tube. Such a cute and inspirational story! 🙂
    And what a coincidence! I gave my son a couple of days ago a blank little canvas and some black and white paint. He painted a big black thing. I planned to hang it in my office but it felt to, well “black” so I handed it over to him today with only white paint. He painted first a perfect white circle in the middle (he is almost 3) and added some other circles and lines.
    Now I know that it was his first “dot” painting! 🙂

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