International Dot Day
annually on September 15th (since 2009)
Terry Shay on September 15th, 2009
Arts & Crafts
Self-improvement & Self-care
International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration. Principally, it encourages children to be creative. It was started by teacher Terry Shay, who brought The Dot, a storybook by Peter H. Reynolds, into his classroom to share with his students, on September 15, 2009, on the fifth anniversary of the book's publishing. The holiday has since spread around the world. The Dot depicts the story of a teacher who encourages a student who doubts her abilities to trust herself to "make her mark." She goes from drawing a small dot on a piece of paper, to building confidence and courage, to reaching self-discovery. May this come to be for everyone on International Dot Day!
How to Observe International Dot Day
Share your mark with the world!
- Register on the day's website and receive the free downloadable Educator's Handbook, which has suggestions and tools for celebrating, including activities created by Peter H. Reynolds to be used in the classroom.
- Make use of resources from the day's website.
- Share your creative works on social media along with the hashtags #InternationalDotDay and #MakeYourMark.
- Encourage children to be creative and make their mark.
- Try Animation-ish and FabMaker Studio.
- Pick up gear at Dot Central, including copies of The Dot and gear for International Dot Day.
- Follow the International Dot Day Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages.