Dot Monsters!

Dot Monsters are great fun, easy to make, and you never know what will emerge from those randomly placed dots! But beware.... they are addicting!! :)Dot Monsters are a perfect activity to teach to the whole class or use with those “early finishers” who end up with free time after completing a project. Kids from 1st grade through 6th grade love making these! Dot Monsters nurture imagination and encourage creative thinking and problem solving…. and they’re FUN!

Here’s how you make them:

1. Any size paper will work for this activity, but I usually use 9×12 or 12×18. With your eyes closed, use a Sharpie (“fine” point) to place 30 dots randomly all over your paper. (Older students may use up to 50 dots, as in the example above.) Remind students that they only need to press lightly to make their dots! (A “Magic Rub” eraser will quickly remove any stray Sharpie marks from desks!)

2. Next, connect your dots with straight lines to make one complete shape. When students try this for the first time, you may want to have them use a pencil to connect their dots and then trace their lines with a Sharpie, until they understand the concept of making one complete shape.

3. Then, turn your paper different directions and use your imagination until you “see” a monster in one of the shapes!

4. Finally, add details to your drawing to help others “see” your monster, too! When you first teach this lesson, it might help to brainstorm characteristics of a monster and write ideas on the board. (horns, sharp teeth, scales, wings, fur, claws, spikes, etc.) Encourage your students to add a background and lots of color, too.

5. You can also include a fun writing activity if you want. It could be a simple “fill in the blanks” form about your monster, or a more elaborate story. Here’s an example to go with the monster pictured here: “My monster’s name is the Two-Headed Party Animal. It lives in Paris. It eats balloons and cake. It likes to do the Hokey-Pokey.”

Dot Monsters are fun and full of surprises!Have fun making Dot Monsters, but don’t be surprised when you see them turning up on every available scrap of paper, whenever your students have a few minutes to spare!

Dot Monsters are fun and full of surprises!

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10 Responses to Dot Monsters!

  1. Ms. Julie's Place March 12, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    I love including writing activities with art projects. I have found it sort of frees up those reluctant writers. A picture is worth a 1000 words!

  2. JuniperKberry May 7, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    I used this as a “finished early” activity with third, fourth and fifth grades. BIG HIT! I need a quick project for fourth tomorrow, so I think we will try the alphabet letter project. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. R Lennon October 4, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    I am definitely going to try this!

  4. Charline February 6, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Love your blog…

    Check out the my art room website. :)

  5. TeachKidsArt February 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Thanks, Charline! I love your site, too! I added it to my list of “Creative Sites I Love”…. can't wait to try some of your fun ideas!! :)

  6. JoAnn Kuhn March 6, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    I used this to entertain several boys I was providing childcare for on a volunteer basis while their parents were taking a class. They loved it!

  7. Jeanine September 2, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    LOL! I LOVE this art treat! What a great project! So many different mediums can even be explored during the filling in stage. Excellent.
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  8. Michelle August 18, 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    This is a great idea and I can’t wait to try it with my son. Thanks!

    • Cheryl Trowbridge August 20, 2015 at 3:18 pm #

      You’re welcome, Michelle! Have fun with it!!