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International Day of the . (dot)

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!

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  1. I remember hearing about the book (in France I expect) but I don’t think I have ever seen it. Sounds like you had a fab day, that “tastes of nice cake” comment is so sweet! What a poppet!

    September 16, 2011
    • natashaworswick #

      We did have a nice day. The jumping dot game was particularly fun and he’s looking forward to the rest of his dots being dry and tomorrow when his daddy can join in 🙂 Feel a bit bad for our neighbours as we have wooden floor and none of us are particularly quiet at jumping!

      September 16, 2011
  2. Nancy Gomez #

    These look like awesome activities. Way to burn off the cake calories! 🙂 You really should get the book The Dot. You can order it off Peter’s webpage or maybe on Amazon. It is worth the read for encouraging people to express their creativity. It is one of my favorites 🙂

    September 16, 2011
    • natashaworswick #

      Yes, definitely a good way to burn off the cake (though we used low-fat spread instead of butter in this one and less sugar than recommended. It makes for a slightly denser cake but we’ve had a fair bit this week!). I’ve added Peter’s book to my amazon wishlist as it does look great. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

      September 16, 2011

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