These free printable Halloween dot marker printables are no-prep fun for kids and help your toddler or preschooler develop their hand-eye coordination, grip strength, and fine motor skills. Grab 9+ free printable Halloween do-a-dot marker printables today!
These do a dot marker printables for Halloween are a great way to celebrate the season with your toddler or preschooler in a way that isn’t super scary.
It’s surprising to me how many toddler and preschooler books about Halloween have pretty scary images and storylines! That’s why these Halloween dot marker coloring pages are pretty sweet, not spooky.
Benefits of do a dot marker printables
Do a dot (or dab a dot) worksheets can help your child improve important skills like hand-eye coordination, grip strength, finger strength, manual dexterity, and their fine motor skills.
Plus, of course, they’re screen free fun for your little one and easy for you!
When you provide stickers or pompoms instead of markers, these pages are also mess-free. No matter how to decide to present the activity, they will benefit your child’s fine motor skills and provide enjoyment.
Children are increasingly entering school with poor fine motor skills and low manual dexterity.
Researchers believe this is because of an increase in screen time and decrease in time for other, more “traditional” activities. A study found that preschooler’s manual dexterity was inversely related to their screen time. In other words, the more screen time the preschooler had, on average, the worse their manual dexterity was.
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How to use do a dot marker printables
My daughter (almost 3 at the time of writing) loves using do a dot coloring pages with her Classic Do a Dot Markers. I keep a close eye on her while she’s using them to make sure she doesn’t try to place the cap in her mouth, but allowing her to open and close the cap provides extra fine motor practice
While dot markers and bingo daubers are generally lower mess than actual paint, young children can make anything messy. We don’t always remember to put it on, but we like using an apron/art smock for painting and coloring.
After a few duds, we found we like the Bumpkins brand smocks. Their aprons served us well when our daughter was a baby and it’s sweet to see her in some of the same prints again today. I love that they have a variety of sizes from young toddlers through elementary school. No more way too big or teeny tiny smocks that don’t cover anything!
For a guaranteed low-mess activity, pair these dot printables with colorful round label stickers. This makes a great road trip activity or easy activity for a doctor’s office waiting room.
If you plan to use stickers, consider laminating the printables. My daughter always tries to peel stickers off and is sad when the paper rips. Make sure to get 5/8″ or 3/4″ round stickers – 1″ round stickers will be too big for these printables.
To provide greater fine motor challenge, use the printables with small manipulatives like pompoms or large buttons. Your child can place the pompoms with their hands, or you can have your child use bamboo tongs, plastic tweezers, or small silicone tipped tongs to transfer the pompoms from a bowl onto the mat. Pro tip: use pliers to remove the keeper bar on tongs so it doesn’t slide down and lock the tongs closed, causing frustration.
Related: Free printable Halloween bingo
Free dot a dot marker printables for Halloween
This set of Halloween dot marker pages has 9 cute Halloween images in one convenient PDF. Halloween images include:
- A candy apple
- A jack o’lantern
- A cute ghost
- A witch hat
- Two bats
- A moon with clouds
- A cute Halloween cat
- A cauldron
Like other free printables on The Artisan Life, these are available for personal and classroom use. This includes use with scout groups, homeschool co-ops, and other similar groups.
You are welcome to print and use them as many times as you’d like for your own children, students, Scout group, therapy clients, etc. as long as you are personally organizing the activity and not charging specifically to participate. People even use these dot marker printables with seniors for physical therapy!
I hope you enjoy these Halloween dot marker pages! Make sure to grab these additional Halloween printables while you’re here: