Am I going dotty...? ! ?
October 29, 2017 10:21am CST
not in the way you're thinking..., i'm talking about Dot -to-dot puzzles. Just recently there has been a renewed interest in retro puzzle's and of course adult colouring.... I know it's not to everyones liking... but, I enjoy the adult colouring patterns..., and as as a child spent many hours doing the dot-to-dot puzzles. The other one I enjoyed was colouring in a paper, that was divided into odd shapes.., some had dots in, some didn't. .. and you had to colour in the ones with dots in them..., sometimes they had different numbers in the shapes too, the numbers corresponded to a colour key at the bottom of the page..and when you had finished colouring it in, it revealed a scene of some sort ... hours of fun ... for me, and hours of quiet for my mum and dad ,lol. Do you remember them...? see the photo collage above... it may help you to remember... You can buy books with these puzzles in..., but you can also down load them free from the internet... and if you are really keen you can get a dot to dot app for your smart phone ..lol.. I probably won't rush out and buy one, but, they did bring back some happy childhood memories... I have got some nice crayons and felt tip pens, and .. a lovely book of mandala adult colouring patterns..., which I use from time to time, so I'll stick with them.
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We use simple versions of these puzzles with our students, and mazes as well. Also puzzle that may read: Make a red x over the first man. Put a green zigzag line under the third building, etc. These puzzles are great to help them follow instructions, count numbers, pay attention. They relax, but still learn.
The summer that I turned 12 I did a lot of that type of art. I used to get the poster-sized ones that came in a canister and had velvet (it was the 70's) on the edges. I did so very much of it that I probably couldn't do another one if you paid me to though. That was a bad summer, I was really ill and there wasn't anything else that I could do besides sleep. They have really become the rage for adults today though.