Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Things I Love Thursday: Dot Paints

A few years ago, we were introduced to 'dot paints' by a friend who works with preschoolers. Joshua loved these markers so much that we picked up a set of our own. The brand name is Do-A-Dot Art, but we have always called them dot paints.

I love dot paints. They give my children the freedom to be creative, but are not nearly as messy and don't require nearly as much clean up -- no brushes, spills, long set up, etc. All you have to do is unscrew the cap and start painting.

These bottles have sponge tips that act as applicators for the paint, though the texture of the dots is more like marker than paint. And the great news is that I have never had a problem washing them out of clothing or off "dotted" surfaces. Our set is primary colors, but they also come in a 'brilliant' set.

We haven't used our dot paints much since our move to Scotland. They were put in a back cupboard, and forgotten. But this week we were doing some crafts and it seemed like the perfect time to pull out the dot paints. We had a wonderful time!

This was when I realized that all the fun things I did with Joshua at this age... they are brand new to Abigail. This was her first time using dot paints. She was so excited, while Joshua was 'all business.'

Dot paints are the perfect creative product for the mess-hesitant parent. They are my fall back when the kids are itching to make something creative and mommy has no energy to clean up a disaster.

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  1. LOL! Reminds me of my MIL's Bingo Dobbers (sp?) :D She is the bingo queen.
    Looks like lots of fun to play with!
    Thank you for sharing!

    Have a great day!

  2. I will have to let Mom know about Dot Paints, for Becca is asking her to get the boys involved in Crafts more. But there is such a wide attention span between them. She would like to do laundry sorting more. =)

  3. You are so creative and fun for your children, that is awesome parenting!

  4. Great idea, Christy! Love that they fit into the no mess and therefore no stress category!

  5. Hi Christy! Wow! those look like a lot of fun! And the "no mess" part is music to my almost-3-yr-old loves to play wtih sketch pens/markers...and I HATE the mess!

    Wonder if we get these in India....

    Your kids are adorable, btw!

    Thanks for visiting me!


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