Connect-the-dots puzzles can pass the time on a long car ride while teaching young children how to follow a number sequence and draw with a pencil. Though connect-the-dots books are readily available in bookstores and news-stands, you can surprise a child with a puzzle featuring a favourite pet or other favourite subject. You can create your own puzzles with a few supplies and minimal artistic experience.
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Things you need
- Tracing paper
- Copy machine or scanner
Draw a simple line-art illustration on a regular sheet of paper, or select a photograph or magazine drawing.
Place a sheet of tracing paper over the drawing or photo.
Draw dots onto the tracing paper following the outline of the drawing or photo underneath. Space the dots about 1cm apart. Number the dots in chronological order as you draw. Keep the design straight and simple, and only draw the outline of the object -- for example, if tracing a photo of a pet, do not draw dots around the outline of eyes and mouth; only follow the body's outline.
Trace details inside the dot outline, if desired. If making a dot to dot of a pet, this is the time to draw the eyes, nose, mouth, and other features. Draw the details as you would in a normal picture -- do not outline them with dots. Adding details will make the finished puzzle easier to interpret, and therefore more rewarding.
Place your tracing paper facedown on a scanner or copy machine and place a sheet of white paper over it. This will make your puzzle easier to see when you make copies. Most public libraries have copy machines and/or scanners.
Print out or copy your puzzle and give it to a child.
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