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Best Markers for Older Children

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As children grow, they learn new ways to express themselves. Art has long been known as a form of expression for children and markers are the next step for children graduating from basic crayons. When choosing markers for kids, you should look for those that are nontoxic and free from strong odors. It may also be wise to choose markers that are washable depending on your child’s age. When selecting a set, make sure the colors appeal to your child so his or her imagination and self-expression can run wild. The following selections are quality markers, with a range of colors and designs to suit different ability levels.

Best Value

RoseArt SuperTip Assorted Color Washable Markers 100-Pack (Office Product)


List Price: $15.99 USD
New From: $13.55 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

Create the most colorful art around with this expansive marker set. The markers are housed in a pull-and-pop display box, which makes it easy to choose the right color. Children will enjoy designing their own masterpieces with this large assortment of vibrant and long-lasting color options. These nontoxic, washable markers work well for children ages 3 and up.

The design of these markers allows grade-school students to practice more advanced drawing and coloring techniques. The markers are double-tipped, featuring one broad tip for thicker lines and one fine tip for precision. The markers are also fast-drying to help prevent smudging and bleeding. The sophisticated carrying bag will stand when opened, making it easy to select the appropriate color.

The Most Professional

Crayola 58-6501 Brush & Detail Dual Tip Markers, 32 Colors, 16 Count, Multicolor (Toy)


List Price: $13.99 USD
New From: $13.48 USD In Stock
Used from: $8.01 USD In Stock

Crayola Signature’s 16 dual-tip markers have a total of 32 complementary colors with an ingenious brush-tip design that creates artistic results. Thin tips allow for fine detailing. These markers can be used for practice in hand lettering or calligraphy as well as coloring and sketching. This professional set comes in a decorative tin that will inspire anyone in creating a work of art, making it a great gift for children ages 9 and up.

Most Versatile

Crayola 50ct Washable Super Tips Markers 50 Color Variety (Toy)


New From: $13.62 USD In Stock
Used from: $12.19 USD In Stock

These safe, nontoxic markers feature vivid, washable colors that don’t bleed. The Super Tips, known as one of the smoothest marker tips on the market, can be used for thick or fine lines, depending on the angle at which the markers are tilted. Size and washability, plus the inclusion of 12 scented markers, make this set a great choice for families with younger kids ages 3 and up.

This two-pack marker set is indispensable for any art toolbox. The Crayola brand has long been a go-to for artwork, drawings and writing. The markers produce beautiful colors and are durable and long-lasting. When finer details are required, these are the tools for the job. This set has basic assorted colors that can be used for a variety of projects and is recommended for early grade-schoolers and up.

Expert Commentary

“Markers are a favorite among children of all ages. As children master the fine-motor ‘pincher’ grip and exhibit greater self-control, we recommend advancing children to the richness of color only found in a marker. Varying a child’s tools to create art is important, and I’ve found it’s helpful to rotate between paints, crayons, pencils, markers and more.”

Our Expert Consultant

Emily Lehman

Emily Lehman is a licensed teacher, nonprofit youth coordinator and mother of two young girls. Emily understands how to make learning fun and is a pro at engaging children in the classroom. She also learns constantly in her own experience raising children. When she isn’t teaching or raising her daughters, she is taking care of her horses and family farm.