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Connect the Dots Game

For Parents

This activity is appropriate for kids ages 4 to 7. Let kids help decide where to place the dots and how to move to connect the dots. You play, too! Moving is good for everyone!

Part of the fun can be making the dots with your child. Cut circles (about 5 inches across) out of paper, and then write numbers on them. Or simply draw a big circle around the number on a piece of paper.

The connect-the-dots course can be inside or outside. Check for breakable items, things kids could trip on while running, sharp edges, and other safety hazards when placing your dots.

Here are some suggestions you may give to kids to get their creative juices flowing. They can connect the dots by:

  • Walking fast
  • Marching
  • Hopping on one foot
  • Crawling on knees
  • Bear-crawling
  • Crab-walking
  • Gliding from foot to foot like a skater

Let kids move through the course one at a time. If they want to race, you can time them.

Other Ways to Play Connect the Dots

The dots can be used for other games, too.

For younger kids:

  • If your child is still learning to identify numbers, you can call out a number, and have your child run to that dot.
  • If your child is learning how to count, call out a number and have you child run to the next highest number.

For older kids:

  • Have kids count backward. Touch the numbers like a countdown, starting with 10.
  • Have kids touch only even or odd numbers in order.
  • Call out a simple math problem and have your child run to the dot number that is the answer.
  • Make an exercise station at each dot. Have kids do jumping jacks or run in place.

Studies show that exercise for kids stimulates the development of brain cells and strengthens connections within the brain. Physical activity helps kids do better in school.

What to Teach Kids: Exercise Helps Many Parts of Your Body

As kids choose different ways to move through the dot course, tell them what parts of their body they are helping. Crawling helps build strong muscles and bones in the arms. Jumping helps build strong muscles and bones in the legs. Moving fast helps the heart. Concentrating to get the moves right helps the brain, too!

Teach your kids that moving every day can help their body in many ways. Regular exercise is part of growing strong, being happy, staying healthy, and thinking well.

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