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International Dot Day

Unleash your creativity and celebrate International Dot Day with unique art projects, activities, and stories that explore the power of a single dot!
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Get ready to let your imagination run wild on International Dot Day on September 15! This special day was created to celebrate the power of creativity and innovation, inspired by Peter H. Reynolds' children's book "The Dot." The story is all about a student who discovers her true artistic talent after being challenged by her teacher to make a mark and see where it takes her. Celebrate this day with activities like crafting or drawing that will help you explore your creative side!

History of International Dot Day

International Dot Day Dates

International Dot Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2003</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Release of "The Dot"</div><div class='timeline-text'>Peter H. Reynolds publishes "The Dot", a children's book that inspires young readers to embrace their creativity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First International Dot Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Teacher Terry Shay introduces the first International Dot Day in his classroom, inspired by Reynolds' book to celebrate creativity and "making your mark".</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Dot Day Spreads Throughout Schools</div><div class='timeline-text'>Other teachers worldwide learn about International Dot Day and start celebrating it in their classrooms.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Million Dot Club</div><div class='timeline-text'>International Dot Day reaches over a million participants, coined as the "Million Dot Club".</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>Over 10 million people from 170 countries participate in International Dot Day, making it a widespread celebration of creativity and self-expression.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to the global pandemic, many participants celebrate International Dot Day virtually through online activities and livestream events.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Dot Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Examine dots</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a closer look at the world around you – find dots in the sky, on plants, and in everyday objects. Spend some time exploring how different shapes can be created with dots and lines.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Draw a dot painting</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Grab some paper, markers, paint, or colored pencils and create a dot art masterpiece! You don’t have to be an artist to make something beautiful.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Play a game of Dot to Dot</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Challenge yourself or your friends with a game of dot to dot! Find dot to dot puzzles online or make your own.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Incorporate dots into your wardrobe</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Wear something special that has polka dots or other patterns featuring dots to celebrate International Dot Day! If you’re feeling crafty, think about making your own shirt or accessory.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch "The Dot"</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The Dot" is an animated short film based on the book by Peter Reynolds that tells the story of Vashti, who discovers her creative spirit through the simple act of making a mark.</p></div></div>

Why We Love International Dot Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates creativity and self-expression</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Dot Day is a celebration of all things creative! It encourages people to explore their imaginations and express themselves through art, music, writing, or any other form of creative expression. This holiday is a great reminder that we can make anything we put our minds to, so why not give it a try?</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a great way to inspire kids</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Kids of all ages can celebrate International Dot Day! Reading the book "The Dot" to your children could be a great way to kick off this day with an inspirational message about embracing one's own talents and having the courage to take risks. Additionally, working on projects as a family on this special day is an awesome way for kids to practice their creativity while spending quality time with loved ones!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes positive community building</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Dot Day shows us the importance of recognizing each individual’s unique gifts in order to reach collective success. Getting together with members of your community and pooling resources and ideas can result in powerful expressions of creativity and shared passions. In this way, International Dot Day encourages us to come together in order to generate greater impactful results than we could have imagined alone.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts About International Dot Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>International Dot Day is observed worldwide</h3><p class='facts-content'>While the idea for the day was sparked in the United States, International Dot Day has since become a global phenomenon reaching approximately 170 countries across the globe, showcasing creativity and unity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The book that inspired the holiday has been translated into multiple languages</h3><p class='facts-content'>Peter H. Reynolds' "The Dot" has been translated into over 25 languages, further enhancing its universal appeal and global impact on creativity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Dot sing-along song enhances the story's impact</h3><p class='facts-content'>To further connect with young readers, Emily Dale composed a sing-along song titled “The Dot Song”. It is usually shared with children on International Dot Day to emphasize the message of the book.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Numerous celebrities and public figures have endorsed International Dot Day</h3><p class='facts-content'>Famous people from around the world, including Oprah Winfrey and the company Google, have given shout-outs to the holiday, increasing its global attention and support for the celebration of creativity.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>September 15 was selected in honor of the book's publication day</h3><p class='facts-content'>"The Dot" was published on September 15, 2003, hence the choice of this date for International Dot Day. It's a way to pay tribute to the original story that continues to inspire and foster creativity.</p></div></div>

International Dot Day FAQs

When is International Dot Day?

International Dot Day is celebrated on September 15 every year. In 2024, International Dot Day will occur on a Sunday.

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