Staff Pick: Dot Markers for 2-Year-Olds

Last Updated on August 24, 2022 by admin

2-year-olds can’t “draw” in the traditional sense, but they’re very interested in using tools to make marks, lines and colors, so the right kind of art supplies can make great gifts for 2-year-olds.

My kids used these dot markers during their toddler years more than any other art activity. I loved that the markers didn’t make a mess (no accidentally spilled water or messy brushes afterwards) and the resulting “paintings” turned out pretty cool, too.

They’re washable so you don’t have to worry about stains on clothes.

Compared to other art gifts, these large dot markers can make for a nice substantial one, too, because they’re larger and easier to wrap than most art gifts.

These dot markers are technically recommended for ages 3 and up. I’m not sure why, but my guess is that most manufacturers want to err on the side of caution when it comes to safety. Some 2-year-olds might want to see what these taste like (which is why I didn’t list their line of scented markers below) and the marker tips might eventually fall off and become swallowable. I don’t think that makes them any more dangerous than things like crayons or chalk, though.

The markers my kids used were from the brand Do-a-Dot. Do-a-Dot offers a variety of color options, including these:

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Do-a-Dot Washable 6 Pack, Rainbow, $17
Do-a-Dot Washable 6-Pack, Brilliant, $17
Do-a-Dot Washable 5-Pack, Ultra Bright Shimmer, $17.99