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Dot to Dot.
Dot to Dot is one of those simple yet satisfying activities children have always loved to do. My eldest son is five years old now and has come across dot to dot pictures in some activity books he has had but there is usually only one or two and often more than not they have been a little difficult or just too easy for him. Recently I came across an actually dedicated dot to dot book. There are few versions of this book I originally saw the one to ten dot to dot book but I felt this would again just be too easy for my son. I opted for the dot to dot count to 30. Although my son can count up to nearly 100 now he struggles recognises all the numbers up to 30 still. I felt this book was going to be fun and educational too.
The book is A4 size and the front cover is brightly coloured with a yellow back ground and a friendly dot to dot blue elephant. It is for sure going to entice any young child to have a go. The book has a total of sixty four pictures to complete. Each picture is across one single page there is no double spread pictures in this book. Along the top of the page is a line with the numbers 1 to 30 written out in order then the picture underneath. The pictures are actually within a blue box underneath the line and are of a decent enough size for a child. The pictures have plenty of black outline as well as the dot to dot parts so you can tell what the picture is going to be before you start. The numbers are quite small written in black but are clear enough. There is a large range of different types of pictures. My son has had this book a good few weeks now and is making his way through them. The first page is of a dolphin splashing nose first into the water with his ball in the air. The ball, splash and the sea are drawn it is the actually dolphin that is dot to dot. There is also a birthday cake with children sat around it with other food too, an aeroplane, an Indian, a castle, a fairy and so much more. So perfect for boys or girls.
I chose this book as I knew my son was interesting in dot to dot and I thought it would not also be fun but would help him with recognising numbers. The number line at the top of the page is very handy especially if your child is a little unsure it means they can work alone at the pictures rather than having too look at an adult for guidance all of the time. I feel it is good for a child to look to an adult for guidance but sometimes they do have to work alone and be independent. The first dot to dot my son did in this book he did ask for help and as he hasn't really done too many before I showed him how to draw the line from dot to dot rather than to the actually number by the side of the dot. This can be a little confusing when a child first starts doing them. He quickly picked this up and by the time he had finished his first picture he had got the hang of it for the next. After the few weeks my son has had the book I have noticed an improvement in his number recognition he does still sometimes use the line above the picture towards the end of the numbers but he can pretty much do it alone now. The satisfaction on his face when he has completed the picture is lovely. He loves colouring so finds it a reward when he has finished being able to colour the picture in. As the main item is usually the dot to dot part and there is drawn out scenery too the pictures can be more complexed to colour than you would think. My son loves this book he enjoys doing both parts to it.
I found this book along with others in this range on Amazon and paid £3.24. I have found this to be a decent price for the book as it is a good quality book that provides plenty of fun for your child as well as educational too. My son is enjoying getting through this book but if your child is in a bit of a rush to do all the dot to dots it will make a perfect colouring book afterwards.