Welcome to School Zone's Puzzle Play Dot-to-Dots Software!
In this Read Me document, you will find the following:
Age Level Ages 6-8
Educational Skills:
  • Letter & Number sequencing
  • Creativity
  • Following directions
  • Fine motor skills
Key Features:
  • The simple program design allows children to work independently.
  • Children can create their own dot-to-dot puzzles to share with a friend or family member.
  • Children can have the computer create dot-to-dot puzzles for them to solve.
  • Children can print the dot-to-dot puzzles created to solve away from the computer.
  • School Zone Interactive software keeps children actively engaged.
How to Play:
  Welcome to Puzzle Play Dot-to-Dots, the game for making dot-to-dot puzzles with pizzazz! To get started, type your name into the box and click the 'OK' button.

Puzzle Play software makes making dot-to-dot puzzles easy. If you need some help along the way, just click the question mark.
  Main Menu:
  • Sound Settings - Clicking on the musical notes will turn the music off and on.
  • Play - Clicking the red and white 'PLAY' button will cause the computer to make a dot-to-dot puzzle for you to try to solve.
  • Help - Click the question mark for audio help.
  • Exit - You can leave Puzzle Play Dot-to-Dots at any time by clicking the orange 'EXIT' button located in the top right corner of the screen.
  Build a Dot-to-Dot Puzzle:
  There are many tools for creating your own special dot-to-dot puzzles, but if you would rather have the computer make a dot-to-dot for you, just click the red and white 'PLAY' button.
  You can start making your own dot-to-dot puzzle by clicking around the play area with your cursor.  Each click will add a dot.  Keep adding dots until you have outlined some type of shape or picture.  To complete your dot-to-dot, make sure the last dot you add connects to your first dot.  If you want to follow a picture template, click the green stencil button in the bottom left corner, below the play area.
  Choose a Template
  Click the green stencil 'TEMPLATES' button and a tool box will slide open with 15 different backgrounds for you to choose from. You can use the outline in the picture as a guide when you add your dots. Click on one of the pictures in the tool box and the picture you selected will fill the screen. To see more pictures, click the arrow buttons.  There are 15 dot-to-dot templates to choose from.  When you have the picture you want, click the 'OK' button.  Now, click around the edge of the white outlined picture adding dots.  Make sure your last dot connects to your first dot.  The picture will fill in for you to see.  If you want to decorate this picture, click the metal 'STUFF' crank or the paintbrush.
  Dot Tools
  Clicking the silver 'ON'/'OFF' switch will manually open the dot tools.

The light blue tools are for changing the segment between the dots.  You can choose a line, curve, wave, or curly Q.  If you click one of the light blue wave buttons and then add a dot to the play area, the segment between the last dot you added and the dot just added will have a wave.

If your dot-to-dot is complete and you would like to move one of your dots, just click on the dot, it will stick to your cursor, and drag it to the spot you would like, then click again to place it.
  Coloring Your Dot-to-Dot
  Click the paintbrush to get the paints and patterns buttons.  There are 21 different colors and 14 different patterns to choose from.  To color your dot-to-dot, click on one of the colors or patterns, position the paint bucket cursor over the area you would like to fill and then click again.
  Decorating Your Dot-to-Dot
  There are all kinds of things, from tails to toes, to decorate your dot-to-dot.  Click the metal 'STUFF' crank to see all of the cool things.  The stuff in the drawer works like a sticker, click on something, it will stick to your cursor, click your mouse again to stick it on your dot-to-dot picture.  Click the metal arrows below the drawer to see the next drawer full of crazy stuff.  There are 9 drawers to discover.

 If you don't want the decoration you chose, just move it off the edge of the play area and click.  It will disappear.

If you want to move one of the decorations on your dot-to-dot, just click on it.  It will stick to your cursor and you can move it to a new spot.  Click the mouse again to stick it back down.
  Erasing Your Dot-to-Dot
  Click the pink 'CLEAR' button to clear everything from the play area.  This will reset the play area to a white screen again so you can start over.
  If you have started to make your own dot-to-dot puzzle and want to stop construction and have the computer finish it for you, just click on the red and white 'PLAY' button.  The computer will do its best to make a puzzle to solve.
  When your dot-to-dot puzzle is complete and you're ready to solve this puzzle, click the red and white 'PLAY' button. You can solve the puzzle yourself or let a friend try.  The decorated dot-to-dot you created will disappear and only the dot pattern will be on screen. Once the dots have been connected correctly, the picture you created will reappear as a reward.
  Solving the Puzzle
  Click the star to start, then click the next dot or symbol in the letter or number sequence until you finish the puzzle. An audio prompt will tell you if you are not connecting the letters or numbers in the correct sequence.
  Start a New Game
  Once you have solved the dot-to-dot puzzle, you will have the choice of playing this puzzle again or making a new dot-to-dot puzzle.
  Print a Dot-to-Dot Puzzle:
  To print the dot-to-dot puzzle you have made, click the green 'PRINT' button in the top left corner of the screen.
  Exiting the Program:
  To leave Puzzle Play Dot-to-Dots, click the orange 'EXIT' button in the top right corner of the screen.
Technical Support:
  If you experience problems using this software, you can e-mail us at support@schoolzone.com or call us at 1-616-846-9601.

Support Hours:
Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. EST
Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. EST

Additional support is always available online at: www.schoolzone.com/support

Please have the following information available for technical support:
  • Operating system
  • CPU type and speed
  • Amount of RAM
  • Available hard drive space
  • CD-ROM speed
Minimum System Requirements:
  Windows® 7, Vista, XP SP3
    Pentium® III 1GHz (or equivalent)
    1GB of RAM
    800x600 32-bit color video
    16-bit sound card
    700MB of available disk space
    CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
  Mac® OSX 10.8, 10.7.5, 10.6.8
    Intel Processor
    1GB of RAM
    800x600 32-bit color video
    700MB of available disk space
    CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive
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