Definition of connect-the-dots in US English:

connect-the-dots

adjective

North American
  • 1attributive Relating to or denoting a child's puzzle consisting of sequentially numbered dots which form a picture when connected with straight lines in the designated order.

    ‘a connect-the-dots picture’
    1. 1.1 (especially of a plot) unsurprising or formulaic.
      ‘it doesn't follow the stale, standard, connect-the-dots storyline’