I decided to give Do-A-Dot markers a try after many of you mentioned them on my favorite art materials post. So today I had them set out for Maia and Daphne to use after school. (We also tried them once with the toddler art group.)
Maia's showing Daphne how to use one of the markers in this picture. These are not your average skinny markers — they are quite large, easy to grip, and are more like painters in how they are used. Pressure on the tip releases the marker ink.
Here's Daphne making some dots and marks on her own.
The two of them giggled almost nonstop! I realized this is the first time I set up a project for both of them at the same time. I clearly need to do this more often (maybe even every day) now that Daphne is able to participate. She had so much fun!
Yes, that's a blue tongue you see. Crayons, chalk, and markers all still go into Daphne's mouth. I move her hand and the art material back to the paper, many times, saying "keep the marker on the paper." And she will, eventually. But at 13 months she's still testing everything with her mouth as well.
This is, perhaps, the most interesting result of the afternoon. After experimenting with the Do-A-Dot markers for a while, Maia asked for some paint. She did a leaf rubbing with a Lamb's Ear and a crayon, then painted stripes of dots with the tempera paint. I thought at first that it was in response to the dot markers, but she said they did something similar in art class at school today. I love it!