“Chalkola Dot Markers” for Creative Little Kids (Review)

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Do you want to teach your little kids about color, but don’t want the mess of paint, the hassle of broken crayons and dried-out markers? Dot markers are the perfect way to keep kids engaged and entertained. Chalkola Dot Markers will help your little one’s fingers, hands, and mind stay busy for hours on end. Chalkola sent me a set of these ink markers to use along with my young kids and to write this review. If you’re interested in getting your kids involved from a young age with your painting and creative hobbies, products like these dot markers are a great way to start.

In this article, I share my perspective of these dot markers as I watch and play with them alongside my 3 children (ages 2-5). As a hobbyist, I’m looking forward to the day when my kids come alongside me and get to play with all the art and creative things I enjoy. These dot markers are a bridge toward this future, and I throughly enjoyed the opportunity of showing them how to use color (even if it was messy!).

Disclaimer: Some time ago, I was contacted by Chalkola to try their Dot Marker Kit. I accepted and watched (and played alongside) while my three children (ages 2-5 years old) used the marker set over the course of several weeks. My observations and thoughts are documented in the review you’re about to read.


Summary: What are Chalkola Dot Markers?

The Chalkola Dot Marker Kit comes with 10 dab markers in assorted colors each filled with 2 fl oz (60ml) of ink. It also includes a bonus activity book to teach them about ABCs, numbers, shapes. It even has 50 pages of activities they’re sure to love! These dot markers have water based ink easily washes off clothes and hands and is 100% non-toxic.

The Dot Marker set comes with 10 markers with an assortment of bright ink colors. The activity book is a great addition and has nice weighted paper that doesn’t bleed through with the ink from these markers.

Why Do I Think Dot Markers are Great for Young Kids?

There is a depth of creativity, personal growth, and discovery in miniature artistry and scale modeling work. Color, visual composition, and more come into play. My kids see me working with my art supplies. Here is their chance to play, too, with dot markers built especially for them.

Admittedly, I was excited to have these markers to test along with my kids. During that crazy time when kids are stuck at home all the time, there was a constant pressure to keep them engaged and learning things.

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The package arrived safely. Lovely clean imagery on the box.

As a part of their at-home learning experiences, I wanted my kids exposed to the “art world”. I wanted them exposed to color, but more than that, I wanted them to play with art supplies made for them.

Certainly, there are the old fallbacks like crayons, tempera paint and brushes, and washable magic markers. But, if you’ve dealt with these, then you know how annoying it is for crayons to break and lose their point. Crayons also tend to be hard to wash off anything. Once wax is on your walls or furniture, it’s there for good.

Tempera paints are great. They are safe to use, and fun, too. But, at the age my kids were, liquid mediums with a brush are a huge mess. Worse, I’m not sure it bugs everyone else, but I’m a stickler for not mixing colors in the original dispenser.

(I have to watch my kids like a hawk, so they don’t dip their unwashed brushes in all the bottles/jars).

Magic markers are a good choice for kids, but they lose ink quickly especially when their tips are jabbed into paper over and over. There is no sense of writing/drawing pressure with kids. It’s either full force scribbling, or not. Well, not all kids are like this….But, let’s face it, most art supplies aren’t durable enough to withstand the hurricane that is young children.

Enter dot markers.

Here are 3 reasons why you need dot markers for your kids:

  1. They help improve your child’s fine motor skills like hand-eye coordination, which helps them perform better in other areas like writing or drawing.
  2. It also helps them with creative ideas for coloring or drawing.
  3. Finally, it makes their time more enjoyable which will lead to more creative endeavors.

Importantly, the dot markers are durable, too. They work when pressure is applied and you can actually write/draw with them! Jam them into paper and other hard table surfaces and they don’t break. They keep on chugging along.

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Big, chunky caps make these easy for little ones to handle.

The colors are limited, but they are compartmentalized into different markers and won’t mix unless on paper. And, the dot markers I tested have a huge capacity of ink (60ml). I expect them to last a long time (and they have!), which makes them a good value compared with children art supplies in a similar price range.


Unboxing Impression

The box of dot markers arrived and was well packed inside. All the markers were undamaged and I did not notice any leakage leaking from the sides of each marker cap.

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A surprise for my kids…

There are a wonderful assortment of bright colors. The labels are clearly visible as you open the box with each cap denoting the ink color, too. The 10 colors include black, teal, brown, orange, purple, pink, yellow, green, blue, and red.

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Everything fit inside the box nicely. The cardboard is sturdy and is useful for storing these markers if you don’t already have a place for them.

I was impressed by how “chunky” each marker was, and they felt light but good in the hand. There is an ergonomic sculpt to the end of each marker, near the cap, that you can see in the photos.

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Each color is easily identified by the color of the cap and the printed label (see below).

In my hand, I immediately felt like trying them out. But, being the kind of parent who likes to see the surprise on a kid’s face with a new “toy”, I held myself back.

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They are large diameter markers, the size of sidewalk chalk (another fun toy for kids), and full of bright colorful ink!

One by one, I pulled out each marker and hefted them. I expect they would feel off for an adult to use with our larger hands…and because I’m mainly a small scale modeler and miniature artist, I knew these would not be in my daily rotation.

Dot markers are for kids after all!

Yet, I was drawn to them. They look fun to use!!!

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No mistaking the color of this ink.

The back of the box has the simple instructions for how to start the ink on these markers. They are typical ink markers that require some priming to start the pigment flowing.

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All the info you need to know about these markers and how to use them is on the back of the box.

All you have to do to start using these markers is to shake the pen, open the cap, and press down on the felt/spongy tip on a flat surface until the ink flows normally.

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Fun branding!

I would let my kids try doing this (read on below to see what they think).

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The list of 10 colors.

The included activity book is a nice addition. It includes a lot of pages (50 of them) that you can tear out cleanly with the pre-cut perforations.

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The included activity book is chock full of pages with different activities to use with the dot markers.

A quick peek on the Amazon site shows you what’s inside. There are pages for inking in the alphabet, numbers (1-10), and different daily objects and things out in the world, e.g., animals, vehicles, food, and more.

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An example of what you’ll find inside the activity book.

As an art set for kids 3+, I was not surprised by the content. It’s clean, simple, and par for the course in terms of what to expect with workbooks designed for kids around this young age.

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The cover the activity book is inviting and glossy.
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The paper is weighted and works well with the ink. The pages don’t bleed much so you can avoid some of the mess. Though with repeated ink dabbing, the color will show through.

Are These Dot Markers Safe?

Of course, I wanted to confirm that these markers are safe. Are these dot markers non-toxic? They appear to be water-based resin pigment ink, which for the most part is non-toxic when you get it on your skin. I would not allow your kids to put these in your mouth however, as that could have other issues.

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Some safety info. Essentially, you don’t need to worry too much about the safety with these dot markers.

The ink from these dot markers easily wash off skin (which I tested later). All you need is soap and water. Nothing special needed and I did discover that the ink washes off furniture too 😃. So that’s pretty nice.

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My younger kids (2 year olds) loved seeing them roll around on the table. They played with standing them upright and knocking them over again.
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The ink is a simple ingredient of water, resin and Tio2 (a binder and color preservative) and pigment.

How Do You Use Dot Markers?

The dot markers from the set are very easy to use. They work exactly like side-walk chalk in that all you need to do is get the ink flowing and put the drawing end to the working surface.

Let the marker do the rest as the color flows onto the page.

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Colorful caps….
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Small hands can easily handle these large markers and caps.

Of course, all of the markers need to get primed to get that ink working. To do so, shake the pen (which I let my kids do), then open the cap, and press the sponge end to the paper.

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All the markers start with unprimed sponge tips.

After a few presses, it may take a few (2-10), the ink will fill the tip and the pen is fully ready to use.

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Shaking the markers and pressing the sponge onto paper will prime the ink. It may take a little coaxing for the ink to flow continuously. But, that’s simple enough to do!

My kids got right to work after priming all the markers. Suffice it to say, getting the dot markers working was simple and part of the fun!

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My young toddler dabbing away to get the purple ink to flow.

Do I Think My Kids Enjoyed Using the Dot Markers?

There is no precision in using these dot markers. The tips is huge and every mark my kids made was a huge circle or swiping stroke on the page. The dot markers throw out a lot of ink without much effort.

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Capping and opening the markers is easy. Each cap has a nice twist action and provides a good seal over the marker tip.

This is fantastic as the immediate gratification I noticed my kids have with these kept them going. They used all sorts of invented techniques with these markers.

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She’s getting all the color and energy on the page!

My kids had plenty of fun with these as there’s just so much they can do. They loved using them with and without the activity book. They banged them around on the pages (the two year olds loved the noise they made with them against the paper and table).

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Teal ink is bright and inviting… though not a good match for this school bus coloring?

Of course, with two year olds, there wasn’t a true rhyme and reason for how they played with the dot markers. All I knew is that they were smiling and laughing as they saw how the colors blend into the paper, into each other, and how easily they could make a mess.

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Look, he’s staying in the lines! Kinda?

To tell you the truth, I don’t think they made any art worth showing off on the refrigerator just yet with these markers. Harsh, I know 😅. But, they had fun and I definitely enjoyed watching them play with the markers.


How Long Will These Dot Markers Occupy Kids and Keep Their Attention?

You may be wondering how well these markers could keep the attention of your kids. Well, that depends right? How old are your kids? Is their personality geared toward focused tasks, or do they bounce around a bit more?

My kids used the markers enthusiastically for about an hour, which for 2 year olds is a lifetime! My 5 year old daughter was, of course, a bit methodical with the markers once she got the hang of how to use them.

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My 5 year old has a grasp of arranging color within the boundaries. In many respects, she’s much more organized and meticulous than myself.

Whether this is due to her personality or her age, I’m not sure. In either case, all of my kids had fun with the hour or so we used the markers.

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Rainbows are always a favorite.
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Here’s a completed activity. Lovely!

To be transparent, I think my 2 years olds (two boys) will return to using them over and over. While my 5 year old may not given she has so many other toys and art supplies that fit her desire for more “precise” drawing and art.

Your mile will vary with your kids using these markers, as I think their interest will depend on their personality and age. The age range for these markers is about right, and I think anywhere between 2-6 years old would be a good bet for them having fun.


Are the Dot Markers Really Durable? Will They Last?

There is a ton of ink in these dot markers. For their price, I don’t think you’ll be worried about them running out anytime soon barring any leaks.

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The sponge tips showed no sign of wear and tear even after the massive abuse they endured for hours with 3 young children.

The plastic barrels on these markers are durable and withstood the repeated banging, thumping and jabbing. The sponge tips also handled all the rough use by my 2 year olds.

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Pour on the ink little one!

The constant punching of the colored tips into paper and the tabletop would have broken most other magic markers. I would not be afraid of these breaking at all.

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Cranking away with the blue marker… I’m seeing a pattern of what my kids’ favorite color(s) are. Blue is the current winner.

The large caps on the markers are easy to twist on and off. They also provide an excellent seal over the sponge tips, so you don’t need to be afraid of the ink drying out.

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Colorful caps invite anyone to take a closer look. You feel like you want to see what happens when you open these markers up. What happens next? Where does this story go?

Because of their shape, the spherical caps were also easily handled by my toddler boys who learned quickly how to open and close the markers.

Overall, I think these are great markers built to last for little ones looking to play with color. I would not be afraid of leaving my kids alone with them. And, given that the ink washes off so easily on different material surfaces, I’m not concerned with them making permanent messes all over the house, their clothes, etc.


Where to Buy and Try Out the Chalkola Dot Markers?

The easiest place to find these Chalkola Dot Markers is on Amazon or from the Chalkola website. They range in price depending on the year, but are equivalent to similar art supplies.

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Good buy or not? You decide 😇

Final Thoughts

I would recommend these markers to any parent with young children. The Chalkola Dot Marker Kit is perfect for kids who love colors and making a mess! Their water based ink washes off easily so there’s no need to worry about your child spilling the marker all over the floor or clothing. I found that they were durable enough for my two year olds, but I think 5 may be on the older side of things for these markers.

Taken together, I think these Chalkola dot markers are the kind of art supplies that are great for very young children. They allow them to experience the “use of color”, playing freely, and engaging with tools that work well with their small hands and big imagination!

Are you looking for fun art supplies for little kids? Did you find this helpful or want more reviews like these? Let me know and leave a comment below!

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