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Dot Painting Fun with a 2 year old

Or… How to keep your toddler busy while your older children work in their math books.

Our Anna is nearly 2 1/2 years old.  She is a joyful little creature, full of wonder, excitement, and a naturally even temper.  We are so lucky to have her.

Sometimes, though, she makes schooling a bit challenging.  No matter how amazingly wonderful she is, sometimes she can ‘get underfoot’ in the middle of lessons with the big girls.  Most of the time this is just fine.  We work with and around her through most of our lessons.  Some lessons, however, require more concentration than a curious toddler will allow.

What to do?

Well, when we can’t include her in the lesson somehow (we’ll see more about that in a future post), we do our best to set her up with a task that is simple enough to entertain her, but challenging enough to intrigue her.  Lately, that has meant dot painting!


She ADORES this activity!  And now, she’s working in a book that I made for her (which you can find here if you want one for your adorable 2 1/2 year old Smile )  where she not only spends her time counting, but she’s also learning to recognize those letters!

Now, I’ll admit that this is not a silent activity for her.  She spend a lot of her time counting out loud, or singing about whatever is on the page, or even talking to the picture (she had  a lovely adventure with her butterfly today who, it turns out, is not actually made out of butter.  We know that, because she asked it and it told her so… )  So while this isn’t the perfect solution, her quieter patter is easier to work on math through than her demand for her sisters attention.

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You might think that all this distraction is a bad thing.  After all, children should concentrate on the work in front of them.

But I’m finding that the more we keep Anna with us during school, the more she understands, and the better the relationship she has with her sisters.

My children truly and deeply love each other.  Aside from the occasional issue that usually arises when we haven’t gotten enough sleep, they are charmingly sweet to each other.  there is no jealousy over the baby (except maybe when, in her desire to be just like them, she insists on trying to take every single toy the big girls want to play with… ), and I think this comes from the fact that this toddler of ours is not excluded, and because of that, she has learned to love every one of her sisters and they feel that and cherish that.

At least that’s what it looks like to me Smile

Now… back to these amazing dot painters that have Anna so pleased.


I know that I can set her up in her high chair with two or three of these dot bottles and some paper and she’ll be set for about 20 minutes.  If I give her paper with little circles on it for her to put her dots in, she’s good for about 40 minutes.  She loves that added challenge of getting her dots in the right spot.

We use something similar to the bottles pictured above (if you click on the picture, it takes you to that product on Amazon…) filled with tempura paint.  We’ve had these bottles filled like so for a couple of years, in fact, and they haven’t dried out or, miraculously, needed refilling yet, which says a lot for a house with 4 very creative little girls in it.

But you can also use things like:

All of these would be excellent creative choices for your little one.  Here’s some extra greatness about this activity for you.  Your child will be refining her fine motor control, reinforcing basic number concepts, practicing one to one correspondence, and, depending on the sheets you have her working on, she’ll be able to practice a wide variety of other skills all without knowing it and all without you having to be directly involved!  Just set her up and let her go for 40 minutes of getting-the-big-kids-educated… or getting-the-dishes-from-breakfast-washed-before-you-have-to-cook-dinner… or washing-a-load-of-last-weeks-laundry… or… well… you get the idea.

Little Learning Lovies has several different downloadable, printable sets for dot painting.  Inspired by my own 2 1/2 year old, I think your young ones will enjoy these too!

**COUPON** You can get the book pictured with my Anna above for free with any purchase!  Just put it in your cart and add any other product to your cart.  Then, at checkout, enter code “FreeDots” in the promo code box and you’ll see the price of the Alphabet Dot Art book deducted from your total!

The above product is the one featured in the post….  REALLY cute! Smile

Here are some others we have for you:


Feel free to email me if you have any questions at!

About the Author Sandra Modersohn

Sandra Modersohn is a devoted wife, mother, and homeschooler. She loves great graphic design and has a passion for creating beautiful and useful printable materials for children. Little Learning Lovies where she shares her creations with the world. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter, Pinterest and, of course, at the Little Learning Lovies Blog and Store.

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