How well do Walmart paint dab markers work? What activities can I do with bingo markers or do-a-dot markers?
Do you ever have one of those moments where you have the greatest idea and you’re so excited because you know it’s going to work perfectly… and then it doesn’t? I had one of those moments awhile ago. I was at Walmart picking up a few materials for my preschool. While I was looking for supplies, I saw some Paint Dab Markers. These are Walmart’s version of Do-a-dot markers. The dollar store sells Bingo Markers that are also the same thing, but they are $1 per marker. Do-a-dot markers are about $2.50-$3 per marker.
So, there I was at Walmart and I saw these paint dab markers and they were only $3 for a pack of four!!! Cheaper than the dollar store. This was my first mistake. I was, unfortunately, looking at the wrong price. I don’t remember exactly how much they were, but it was about $5-6. ☹ I didn’t realize this until checkout. Once I was at the checkout, I was bummed that they were slightly more expensive than the dollar store, but I thought I’d just save some time and buy them anyway. That was mistake number two.
A few days later I took out the paint dab markers to try them out. They worked pretty well at first, but the blue marker leaked blue paint ALL over my hands and a bit on the package. I worried that it would affect the performance of the blue marker, but didn’t worry too much about it at that moment. Fast forward a week or two to when I actually needed the markers for preschool. The red and green worked great even though the green came out really fast. The yellow worked fine. The blue did not. The top was dried out and I had to squeeze the bottle pretty hard to get the paint to come out of the dabber. It did come out eventually, but not easily and it didn’t really ever look right. Fast forward to now. The red and green still work fine. The yellow is starting to dry out more. The blue is just annoying.
Cassidy: I used the dollar store bingo markers for the activities I’ve done. While they do the job, I feel like they let out too much paint and have potential to make a mess. Also, they do dry out when you put them away. It takes several good dabs before the paint starts flowing again. Another thing I was a little disappointed with was the color selection. The dollar store I went to had black, blue, green, orange and red. I was really hoping for a yellow so we could “mix” colors. I keep checking but haven’t seen any yet. Another thing I’m not totally sure about with these markers is their wash-ability. They seem pretty permanent but so far they haven’t gotten on clothes so we haven’t put them to the test. While these markers do work fairly well overall and are a good price, I think it would be worth the extra to get the actual paint dab markers.
Even though I am displeased with the paint dab markers I got, I am still glad that I have them because there is so much I can do with them! Here are a few examples:
You can use do-a-dot markers to mark the letter in these letter hunt worksheets made by me. I will sometimes use a different color for uppercase and lowercase, but sometimes I’ll just have students use the same color. It really depends on their level.
Practice patterns using do-a-dot markers
The possibilities are really only limited to your imagination (and maybe how much time you have to look at Pinterest ;) ). Hopefully you have better luck than me with the actual markers and are able to do all these activities without frustration. Whether you use Walmart paint dab markers, dollar store bingo markers, or Do-a-dot markers, your child and/or students are sure to enjoy these activities.