Yesterday, September 15th was International Day of the Dot apparently. Who knew? I certainly didn’t and I think it was Twitter that told me (probably, most likely, yes). The idea behind the day, influenced by Peter H Reynold’s book The Dot, is to encourage educators to get creative with their students.
Well, I obviously don’t have any students… and I’ve never come across this book (have any of you? Is it any good, it looks pretty good?), but I did have Milo home all day yesterday and we were at a bit of a loose end. So we celebrated the dot. In our own little way.
We made a small Victoria Sponge dot cake – half the quantity of the usual 7-8inch cake. It looks a bit messy, but Milo had a great time as he put the filling (cream and jam) in all by himself and went a bit crazy with the icing and dots (different flavoured chocolate buttons), which in turn pushed all the cream and jam out the sides of the cake!
Milo’s verdict: “What does it taste like Milo?” “It tastes of nice cake.”
We then painted our own large dots to put down on the floor for a jumping game.
This would have worked a bit better had I managed to find the blu-tack to keep the dots stuck down in one place, but was fun all the same. Some of our dots didn’t quite dry in time either (I had them hanging outside for at least two hours, but there was a huge volume of paint on a red and green one!).
Anyway, here’s how we played our game: Milo would stand on a dot and I would say, “jump like a rabbit to the purple dot.” and off he’d go. Then Milo’s turn to give me a coloured dot to jump too and an animal to copy – snake is hard! Good for burning a bit of last minute energy at the end of the day! And for learning colours and imitating how animals jump of course!