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Few Tips to Engage Toddlers with Markers

When we have toddlers at home we will have Markers for sure. They love to be with Markers. They can spend hours with the Markers. I usually try to avoid giving Markers to her during winter season due to the mess involved. I hate giving her baths for multiple times in a day. But whom am I to stop her creativity? So thought to make it more interesting by adding few activities to the list. She enjoyed the activities which we did. But I enjoyed the most as usual. This is also a way to increase the Perceptual skills in the kid from an young age.

Perceptual skills are nothing but extracting an information where the data is organised in a fashion to get the meaning  of the subject. These activities which I am going to share with you will also help to develop fine motor skills and visual perception skills.

Color Matching

Place the markers without the caps on one side and the caps of the markers on the other side. Ask the kid to close the markers with their correct caps. This is best for Color Recognition. It is good for fine motor skill. The best way to improve the skill is to give more practice to the fine motor muscle. To make this more complex you can play with two sets of markers.

Marker Stacking

  This marker stacking is an idea developed by my daughter maa shaa allah! I handed over the markers to her for free play and babyA came up with counting the markers and suddenly she started to stack up the markers. I used this opportunity to give her some practice in math skills so I asked babyA to stack that much markers to the number I call for. For e.g. If I call out number 3 she has to stack up 3 markers. Maa shaa allah we enjoyed doing this.

Colouring the Playdough

It’s easy to make playdough at home and you can ask your  kids to  help you in making a playdough and then handover them markers and playdough. The kids will do the rest. The will use all their creativity on the dough. Kids might draw stuffs in the markers, write their names, colour it and suddenly they might want to see what happen to the colours when they squish the dough. Do share with us what your kids did in this activity.

Line the Markers Side by side

   Place the Markers in the bin side by side. The markers can be arranged in a manner such that few in between can be kept opened. When a marker is called out the kid has to say if it’s open or close! This can also be played in another way where the kid is asked to take a closed marker and say the positioning of the marker, and recognize the color of the marker. This will be fun for sure.

Memory Game

Place the Markers on the bin/tray. Ask the kid to look at the markers carefully.  Ask the kid to close the eyes and then remove the marker where the kid has to say about the missing marker. Isn’t it cool?


Do you need some other interesting stuff to do with kids? Please do scan through the blog to find some wonderful stuffs.


I’m Salma Mehajabeen Shajahan aka alizehmysoul. I’m a parent of a 3 year Old, a mommy blogger, author, designer, and busy mom like you. Welcome to a place which supports mommies in their spiritual, motherhood, and parenting tips. Join me for amazing free printables only for AMS members. 2019 is the year of exciting new digital products being launched on AMS. Join the mommyhood and never miss an update or freebie. Connect with me anytime at I’d LOVE to hear from YOU!

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  1. Who would think that we can do so many fun activities with colourful markers!! Very engaging for kids and sure sharpen their motor skills too.

  2. These are really some fun activities. I know how my son loves my pens and markers, would try these. I am sure it will be fun
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  3. That is so cool activity and great brain development games. I will try with my kids too

  4. Kids love colors and remain engaged with the drawings for long time. Your tips and ideas are superb, thanks for sharing.

  5. I like your ideas. My toddler is so akin to paint doors and books that markers are kept hidden until we got washable ones.

  6. My son loves to play with his markers too. He likes makings shapes by joining them! These are wonderful ideas.

  7. These are some really great tips to engage toddlers with markers. I keep the markers hidden away just coz I can’t handle the mess afterward. But these activities are really fun. Thanks for sharing!
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  8. This are the best tips for learnings kids, such play will help develop the skill development and motor skills

  9. These are some of the easiest and coolest activities to keep kids busy.. I like the memory game one..
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  10. Ruchi Verma says:

    Oh my little one loves marker and I was not sure how to engage him ..These are really great and fun way !! Thanks

  11. Kavita Singh says:

    Loved this post, my toddler is going to love this. Keeping kids busy is such a task but with few ideas, we can certainly make them sit in one place 🙂

  12. Jhilmil D Saha says:

    Markers are definitely my daughter’s favorite toy to play with, she just loves them. Will engage her in these activities.

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