I spent hours as a child playing the dot game! One of the biggest pain points with playing the dot game is drawing all the dots in a grid in straight enough lines to play. We have solved this dot game problem with a free dot game printable in two different sizes. Use these printable dot games at home or for classroom use!

Black and white Dot game printable with a dot grid;  lying on top of a blue-green sheet with multicolored letters on a light brown background.
This fun game doesn’t require many supplies!

Dot Game for Kids

Our dot game template comes in PDF format, making it easy to print on regular copy paper. You can print this classic pencil and paper game of dots in different colors to keep things exciting, and print it as many times as needed. So, grab your dot markers or pencils and let’s get started! Click the green button to download the dot game template:

The dot game (also known as the box game, dots and dashes, game of dots, dot to dot grid and pigs in a pen game) makes an excellent travel game. Whether you have long car rides coming up, are looking for a great activity during a family road trip, or just need some extra practice in a fun and interactive way, we’ve got you covered. This dot game is great for the whole family, from younger to older kids and has been a very popular classic game for generations.

Instructions to Play Dot Games

Materials Needed

  • Our free dot game printable pages (available in two sizes) can be printed on your inkjet or laser printer
  • Pens, pencils, crayons or colored pencils
  • An opponent – friend or family member (two-player game)

Dot Game Goal

To object of the dot game is to connect a series of adjacent dots, forming squares and claiming them as your own. The player with the most squares at the end of the game wins!

How to Play the Dot Game

  1. Download and print our free dot game template. You can find the download link at the bottom of the post.
  2. Each game board consists of a grid of dots. The dots are evenly spaced in rows and columns. This grid is your canvas for creating squares.
  3. Decide who goes first. You can flip a coin, draw straws, or simply take turns being the first player.
  4. Players take turns connecting two unjoined adjacent dots with a straight vertical or horizontal line. You can’t draw diagonal lines.
  5. Whenever a player completes the fourth side of a square, they get to claim that square by writing their initials inside it. It’s a race to see who can create more squares!
  6. For advanced players, add an extra challenge. To claim a square, players must correctly state the number of dots along one side of the square, reinforcing number recognition and math skills.
  7. The game continues until all the dots are connected, and no more squares can be formed. Count the squares with your initials inside. The player with the most squares is the winner of the game!

Now that you know the rules, it’s time to dive into some dots and squares fun with our free boxes game printable variations.

Small Dot Grid Printable

Screenshot of a black and white small dot grid sheet for a dot game
A printable for older kids!

Our first box game printable has a small grid/smaller dots. Children of different ages have varying levels of fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Having smaller dots makes the game more challenging and complex, being more suitable for older kids and adults.

Big Dot Grid Printable

Our second dot game printable has bigger dots. Since children have different levels of fine motor skills, younger kids may find it easier to play with this printable as it’s more simple to connect the dots.

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Dot Game printable are sized for standard letter printer paper dimensions – 8.5 x 11 inches.

History of the Box GAme

The first mention of the dot game was by a French mathematician named Edouard Lucas in the 19th century. Find out more fun facts about the history of the dot game from Gamesver.

Dot Game Language

  • Vertical lines of boxes that are connected are called ladders.
  • My favorite connected boxes go around corners and look like snakes.

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