How to Create a Connect the Dots Game

by Steven J. Miller

Creating a connect the dots game can be as simple or complex as you wish to make it. The activity will require some foresight and planning, but with a little work, you can make a connect the dots game that will entertain and delight the participant. Aim to make a connect the dots game that does not provide a readily apparent image. To do this, the image will have to have a certain degree of complexity. Even if you are not artistic, you can create an effective connect the dots game.

Items you will need

  • Image
  • Poster board
  • Thumbtack
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Pen or marker
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Step 1

Draw or locate an image that you would like to make the object of your connect the dots game. The most efficient way to create a connect the dots game involves using a pre-existing image as the template. Look through magazines, online picture galleries and picture books to find an image if you can't draw.

Step 2

Place the image on top of a piece of poster board. You may want to make a copy of your image with a photocopier or scanner if you do not wish to damage your picture.

Step 3

Use the thumbtack to poke holes through the defining features of the image. For instance, if you have a picture of a person, poke holes separated by approximately 1 inch and follow the outline of the head, body, eyebrows, nose, ears, eyes, mouth and other prominent features. For rounded corners, you will need to poke more holes; for straight edges, you can use longer distances between holes.

Step 4

Remove the poster board and place it on top of a piece of paper. With a pencil, press the tip of the lead through the thumbtack holes to create light dots on the paper beneath.

Step 5

Fill in the dots permanently using ink or a marker. Make only a small round dot to make it easy to see where each dot falls on the image. When finished, start at one end of the image and begin to number the dots. Pretend that you are drawing along the image and follow the most logical path to create a continuous line that will create your image.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to make the image more complex with separate elements to display, you can use letters for one element and numbers for another. For a third element, you can use double letters or numbers inside a particular shape. For instance, the eyebrows of a person would use numbers, the eyes would use letters and the mouth might use numbers inside triangles.

About the Author

Steven Miller graduated with a master's degree in 2010. He writes for several companies including Lowe's and IBM. He also works with local schools to create community gardens and learn environmentally responsible gardening. An avid gardener for 15 years, his experience includes organic gardening, ornamental plants and do-it-yourself home projects.