Making Your Mark- Celebrating International Dot Day!

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Today, we had a wonderful time enjoying International Dot Day. The idea of this day is to celebrate the book, 'The Dot' by Peter H Reynolds, a story about a caring teacher who gets the best out of a reluctant art student. 

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Having started the day with a dot-to dot, we watched Peter H Reynolds read the book and explain where the idea had come from. My class loved this, really enjoying seeing the author/ illustrator share his work. Next, we listened to the Dot Song, watching both Emily Arrow doing the actions and the version showing pictures from the book. It's a complete ear worm- we couldn't help but join in and had to play it many times during the course of the day!

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Having watched a short film clip of  Peter H Reynolds creating pictures from dots, we were ready and raring to go! We created cartoon characters using dots, experimented with watercolours, used paper circles, used pencil crayons to shade... 

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And then, everyone (adults included!) chose a frame like Vashti's, created their work of art and signed it! We ended up with a fantastic range of pictures- and children who were glowing with pride and enthusiasm for creating their works of art. 

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No matter how good they felt they were at art, the day ended with everyone feeling like an artist. What a wonderful, inspiring book- and what an amazing day!

The Dot by Peter H Reynolds

Walker Books   ISBN: 978-1844281695

You can read a review of 'Playing from the Heart', another book by Peter H Reynolds, here.