Connect the dots is great for helping kids learn and practice their counting, skip-counting, and even the alphabet. And when the games are bright, colorful, and fun, your kids won't mind that they're learning. With online versions of the game, kids use a mouse to click or hover from one number/letter to the next, slowly revealing the picture. Some games move up in skill level with each completed image, encouraging players to challenge themselves.
Many of the same educational websites that offer digital connect the dots games also offer printable connect the dots worksheets and other printable activities, perfect for "offline" play. You can also find other educational online games for kids, such as online color by numbers and online mazes.
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Primary Games has almost a dozen free connect the dots games in which you click and drag a mouse to create a line from each number. The background is white with black numbers, making sure that you're only focusing on the number counting for now. Finish the puzzle by connecting back to the number 1 to reveal the hidden animal.
There are plenty of animals to find here and with numbers staying below 100, this is a great option for younger fans of dot-to-dots. There's also virtually no way to get it wrong, the lines snap in place so that they're correct. I love that the images of animals are actual photos.
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There are two connect the dots games over at ABCya, one with letters and one with numbers. The ABC connect the dots game guides kids through the uppercase and lowercase alphabet to reveal a picture by clicking on each letter in alphabetical order. The number games include 10 levels and 30 different games. Players can choose numbers 1-10, 1-20, 11-30, 21-40, 31-50, 41-60, 51-70, 61-80, 71-90, or 81-100.
The puzzles say the letter or number out loud when your child clicks on them, reinforcing what the child is learning. If they have a tough time, the game will help give them hints about what to do next. When they're finished they'll get a percentage score along with either 1, 2, or 3 stars.
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Coloring4All has 20 connect the dots online games that vary in skill level, although none of them are that difficult. Click on one of the pictures and then have the kids use their mouse to complete the picture. There aren't any hints here so the child will need to be fairly confident in their counting ability.
Each game features fun facts about the picture that is revealed. For example, "Rabbits are found all over the world in woods, forests, wetlands, grasslands, and even in deserts. In general, they are very clean animals, and they are popular pets. The rabbit lifespan is about 8 – 10 years."
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