Inspiring creativity – celebrating Dot Day – Readilearn

inspiring creativity - dot day

Next Friday 15 September is International Dot Day, a day for celebrating and promoting creativity, courage and collaboration.

Celebration of the day was initiated in 2009 with teacher Terry Shay introducing his class to the picture book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.

The story is of Vashti and a teacher who encouraged her to make a mark and have a go. Lacking self-belief and courage, Vashti was reluctant to participate in art class. When the teacher framed and hung her signed painting of a tiny dot, Vashti was determined to do better. She painted all kinds of dots that wowed the people at the school art fair. What happened when one little boy admitted to Vashti that he wished he could draw will inspire children everywhere to be brave, have a go, and be creative.

For a wealth of celebratory suggestions, visit the International Dot Day Get Started page and sign up to download a free Educator’s Handbook, which includes a lovely certificate of participation which can be printed and personalised for each child.

I have included a link to the page in the new resource Getting creative with dots in which I suggest additional ideas to add to the celebration.

getting creative with dots

The suggestions, of which examples are shown below, can be used in conjunction with International Dot Day, or any day when you feel like going a little dotty.

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17 thoughts on “Inspiring creativity – celebrating Dot Day – Readilearn

    1. Norah Post author

      How wonderful to have a special day for a book you wrote. Mustn’t that be awesome! It is a great book. I’m so grateful to one of my blogging friends for letting me know about the book and the day, and am happy to pass the news along to others. The book has a great message and the day an inspirational theme. 🙂

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  1. Lucy At Home

    This sounds like a lovely story! I’m not much of an artist at all (my brother got all the arty genes!) but this sounds like a great way to start!

    And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the #blogcrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

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    1. Norah Post author

      The Dot shows that art can be found by simply making your mark. You’ll love it, I’m sure.
      Thanks for letting me know about the linky share. 🙂


  2. Patricia Tilton

    So glad to see you promote “Dot Day,” it is such a fun activity for kids, especially if it is a classroom project. I remember when they were excited about 250,000 participants and I’m sure they will hit 10 million kids worldwide celebrating their creativity.

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    1. Norah Post author

      How wonderful to encourage all the voices to join in, in celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. What a positive difference it can make to our world, and helps children feel a part of something bigger.

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