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 in this post today with no email address required!
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.
If you want to learn more about the domains of school readiness and make sure your preschooler is developing all the important skills they need, make sure to check out the guide below:
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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.
- Bright and colorful Neon Color-Coding Labels with a variety of uses. Easily write on them with pen, pencil, marker or even crayon!
- Use in the classroom or organize DVD's or books. Perfect for yard sales to create your own pricing.
- 2,100 colorful neon color coding dots. 0.75" round stickers. Stick to all surfaces, even clothing! Easily removable.
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.
Free dot a dot marker printables for Halloween
Like all 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.
I’ve had several considerate teachers email me asking if they can share resources with their virtual classes. (Thank you for asking!) Yes, you may share these with your digital class, but please send your class a link to this page to download their own copies if at all possible.
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!
You are not licensed to sell or redistribute the files to other adults for use with their students/children. Instead, please refer them to this post so they can download their own copies.
Related: Free printable Halloween bingo
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
All 9 Halloween-themed images are in one convenient PDF that’s free to download from DropBox using the link below the preview image. You may need to allow downloads from Dropbox if a dialogue box pops up asking for permission. Make sure to print the pages at 100% so the circles are the correct size!
Natasha Núñez is a former classroom teacher with a Masters of the Arts in Teaching. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.