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The Best Low-mess Paint Markers

Little girl, a 3 year old girl, with a ponytail hairstyle in a multi-colored colorful striped jacket on a light background at the table draws multicolored markers and smiles

Children love to paint, but traditional liquid paints can be a messy endeavor. Whether you’re an art teacher or a parent, there’s nothing fun about trying to quickly clean up paint spills before the color sets in and permanently stains something. Enter the paint marker. These tools are better at containing messes, and often only require that you wash little hands after the project is over. Check out our top picks for the best kids’ paint marker set.

As is common with acrylic kids’ paint marker sets, this pick can work on glass, wood, fabric, canvas, plastic and more surfaces. Note that these are medium-tipped markers.

This kids’ paint marker set uses washable ink that dries quickly after it has been applied to paper, making the chances of a mess even lower. Youngsters will gain fine motor skills as they learn to properly hold markers.

This acrylic kids’ paint marker set is compatible with a wide range of surfaces including canvas, paper, glass, ceramic, metal and even wood. These markers are also water-based.

Children will love that this oversized kids’ paint marker set features markers that are easier to grasp. Parents and teachers will appreciate that the paints are washable.

This kids’ paint marker set includes medium tips and dries quickly. The clear barrel also lets you see when it’s time to replace them. These markers are waterproof and work on many surfaces, including ceramics, rocks and wood.

Expert Commentary

Paint markers can be used like markers, but they provide the rich opacity of paint without all the mess. These make them great art materials for children. Paint markers are highly recommended for art teachers or for parents of small children exploring their creativity.

Our Expert Consultant

Melissa Spurling

Melissa holds a doctorate in pharmacy and is a home educator, co-teaching a high school chemistry class and a primary school class. Having taught two of her own children to read, write and traverse Singapore Math, Melissa has spent hundreds, if not thousands of hours researching and testing curriculum.


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Dorian Smith-Garcia

Dorian Smith-Garcia is a bridal and beauty expert/influencer and the creative director behind The Anti Bridezilla. She is a diverse writer across beauty, fashion, travel, consumer goods, and tech. When Dorian’s not writing she’s collecting stamps in her passport, learning new languages, or spending time with her husband and daughter.


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