One of my favourite time-filler activities that I hand out to students who are done all their work properly is the Extreme Dot-to-Dot. It’s a dot-to-dot activity with some pictures having over 1400 dots! The students in Grades 3 and up absolutely love them, because they just can’t guess what the picture is until it’s done.
There’s one class in particular where I substitute often, and they ask for these when they see me come in. One student, C., loves them so much that he can do several in one day!
|Do you see it?? It's a baby dinosaur coming out of it's shell! Squint! ;)|
The pictures can be hard to decipher sometimes, so I usually tell the kids to back up from the picture and squint their eyes to see it better. When I told C. to squint, he started to get lower to the ground. I kept telling him “Squint! Squint!” and he kept getting lower and lower to the ground. I finally realized that he was SQUATTING!!! No wonder he couldn't see the picture!!
To this day, whenever I go in that class, C. asks me if I remember how to squint. Those are the little moments that create bonds between teacher and student. I love it!