Letting your child color and draw with regular markers can be risky business. Sometimes these inky art supplies bleed through paper and onto your table, and if your little artist hasn’t mastered coloring in the lines, don’t be surprised when their turbo scribbles fly over the page and onto your rug. They’re definitely one of those special art supplies that require parental supervision — unless you stock up on a few no-mess magic marker books. Then you can let your kid have at it anywhere, on any surface.
Drawing, painting, collaging, clay modeling and the like are all beneficial to your child’s development: they encourage self expression, offer little ones a creative outlet and strengthen fine motor skills. But the mess you’re left with — paint splatters, parchment paper glued to the table, tiny pieces of Play Doh stuck between the floorboards — is what makes no-mess magic marker activity books pure genius. With these miracle markers, color only appears on special pages, so your furniture, carpets, and their skin and clothes are safe from stains. Great for outdoor and indoor entertainment, car rides and even trips to the park or beach, the no-mess magic marker activity books below will keep your child entertained (and clean) for hours.
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1. Crayola Color Wonder Pages Activity Books
Crayola’s Color Wonder magic marker activity books include 18 action-filled pages with snapshots of your little one’s favorite movies and shows such as Paw Patrol, Mickey Mouse, PJ Masks and Peppa Pig. Each kit also comes with five Color Wonder Markers your kid can use to shade in the pictures. The ink stays invisible until it’s applied to Color Wonder Paper, so you can rest assured that your carpets and couches won’t become canvasses. With foldable packaging, this no-mess magic marker activity book is travel-friendly, so your kids can color en route to grandma’s or your favorite vacation spot.
2. Bendon Imagine Ink Magic Pictures Activity Book
For the little one who listens to “Let It Go” over “Baby Shark,” pretends your couch is Moana’s canoe and freezes in front of the television at the sight of Disney’s vibrant Trolls, this no-mess magic marker activity book set will keep them well occupied. Bendon’s bundle includes three activity books that collectively offer kids 60 pages of coloring and games to play, plus one magic marker with invisible ink that only shows up on paper.
3. Highlights Magic Pen Painting Activity Books
You might recognize Highlights for its beloved children’s magazine; the publication has expanded to no-mess magic marker activity books, and the bundle is great for almost-big kids. Filled with coloring pages, hidden pictures, puzzles, letter hunts and counting exercises, parents will love the early educational benefits each activity offers their child.