How to Make Your Own Connect-the-Dot Worksheets

Connect-the-dots puzzles are fun. They're fun for kids, and some adults even get a kick out of them, especially when they're learning. If you want to create custom connect-the-dot worksheets to use as teaching tools or entertainment at school or in your home, the simplest approach may be to place tracing paper over an image, mark dots around the outline with a marker and number them by hand. However, if you would rather make connect-the-dots printables on your computer, several online generators make this easy.

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Dot-to-dot worksheets can help improve children's fine motor skills.
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Picture Dots Worksheet Generator

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Find an online image you want to use as the basis for your connect-the-dot worksheet, as this application requires a URL to generate a dot-to-dot. You can always upload your own images to Google Drive, DropBox or Microsoft OneDrive and get a sharing URL for it.

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Right-click the online image and select "Copy Image Location" in Firefox, "Copy Image URL" in Chrome or find and copy the address in the Image Properties in Internet Explorer.

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Paste the URL in the Image Location box and click "Get Image" to open the image in the Puzzle Maker.

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Click on the image where you want to add each dot. The generator numbers the dots automatically. Click the "Show Image/Hide Image" button to view your dot-to-dot with and without the original picture. Click "Preview" to see how the worksheet appears with the dots connected.

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Click "Make PDF" to generate the worksheet when you are satisfied with your work.

Rad Roadtrips Online Dot-to-Dot Creation Tool

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Locate an online image you want to use for your dot-to-dot worksheet, as this application requires a URL to generate a connect-the-dots page.

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Right-click the online image and select "Copy Image Location" in Firefox, "Copy Image URL" in Chrome or find and copy the address in the Image Properties in Internet Explorer.

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Click the "Launch the Online Dot to Dot Creator" button to open the generator window. Paste the image URL in the address box and click "Show" to display the picture.

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Click on the image where you want to add each dot. The generator numbers the dots automatically. Click "Hide" to view your dot-to-dot without the original picture and "Show" to restore the image. Click "Remove Last Dot" to undo your last action or "Clear" to start over.

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Select "Print" to open the printer settings window when you are satisfied with the results. Print as many copies of the worksheet as you need.

edHelper Dot-to-Dot Handwriting Worksheets

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Sign in to your existing edHelper account or register for a new account, which costs between $19.99 and $39.98 per year as of summer 2014.

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Return to the main page of the site and click "Dot to Dots" under Teacher Lesson Plans and Worksheets. Click "Dot-to-Dot and Write Words" to open the worksheet setup page.

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Enter the first spelling word in box 1 and press "Enter" to move to the next box. Click "Click Here to Add More Words" to enter more than 20 words. Type up to 50 words in the Word List boxes.

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Select "Print" to open the printer settings window and print as many copies of the worksheet as you need.