I love the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. At my school, I have both the book and the ebook through Tumblebooks. I saw few projects on Pinterest which I combined for a second grade Dot project. One Pinterest picture I saw was a really cute bulletin board of student-made dots, originally from Framed in Swirly Gold. Then I saw these instructions for window treatments. I thought it would be fun to combine the two ideas and hang dots all over my library.
I cut out 4×4 squares of computer paper for the Dot drawings. Then I cut 6×6 squares from construction paper for “frames”. As students finished their dots, they would pick a frame color. We taped the dots on the frames and I laminated them (thank goodness for volunteers who helped cut out all these works of art!). Then, I used a very small hole punch to make holes at the top and bottom and just slipped them on paperclips.
My second graders were very enthusiastic about making their own Dot after reading The Dot and were amazingly creative! I may have to do this as a center or beginning of the year activity at all grade levels! I want to take home and frame a few in the first picture (I hung them behind my desk so I can see them all the time!)