A Comprehensive Guide to Kids' Art Markers

  • By Hey Kids
  • Jun 03

Art is a crucial part of a child's development, fostering creativity, fine motor skills, and emotional expression. When it comes to choosing the right art supplies for your little ones, markers are a popular choice due to their vibrant colors and ease of use. With so many options available, it can be challenging to select the best markers for your child. Today, we'll compare three different types of markers from HeyKids Australia: Acrylic Markers with Ultra Soft Nibs, Water-Based Dual Tip Markers, and Mideer Washable Markers.

Acrylic Markers with Ultra Soft Nibs (24 Colors)

Image of Acrylic Markers in 24 colors,boast strong pigmentation and seamless layering capabilities.


  • Type: Acrylic
  • Nib: Ultra soft
  • Colors: 24 vibrant shades
  • Usability: Suitable for various surfaces including paper, fabric, wood, and glass
  • Durability: Permanent once dry


  • Versatile Use: These markers can be used on multiple surfaces, making them perfect for a variety of art projects.
  • Vibrant Colors: The set includes 24 bright and bold colors that stand out on any medium.
  • Soft Nib: The ultra-soft nib allows for smooth application and is gentle on young artists' hands.


  • Permanent: Once dry, the acrylic ink is permanent, which might not be ideal for younger children who tend to make mistakes.
  • Surface Preparation: Some surfaces may require a primer for the best results.

Ideal For: Older children and teens who are exploring different art forms and surfaces, and for projects requiring long-lasting results.

Water-Based Dual Tip Markers (24 Colors)


  • Type: Water-based
  • Tips: Dual tip (fine and broad)
  • Colors: 24 assorted colors
  • Usability: Great for paper and other porous surfaces
  • Non-toxic: Safe for kids


  • Dual Tip: Provides versatility with a fine tip for detailed work and a broad tip for coloring larger areas.
  • Water-Based: Easy to clean up and less likely to cause stains compared to permanent markers.
  • Non-Toxic: Safe for children to use.


  • Less Durable: Water-based markers are less durable and vibrant compared to acrylic markers.
  • Limited Surfaces: Best used on paper and other porous surfaces; not suitable for non-porous surfaces like glass or plastic.

Ideal For: Younger children who enjoy coloring and drawing on paper, and parents who prefer easy clean-up.

Mideer Washable Markers (24 Colors)


  • Type: Washable
  • Colors: 24 bright and easy-to-wash colors
  • Usability: Designed for young children, safe and non-toxic
  • Washability: Easily washes off skin, clothes, and walls


  • Washable: The ink washes out easily from skin and fabrics, making them perfect for younger children who might get a bit messy.
  • Safe: Non-toxic and designed with young kids in mind.
  • Bright Colors: Includes 24 vivid colors that are appealing to kids.


  • Less Permanent: The washable ink is not permanent and may fade over time.
  • Limited Surface Use: Best suited for paper and other porous surfaces; not ideal for non-porous surfaces or long-lasting projects.

Ideal For: Toddlers and young children who are just starting to explore their artistic abilities and for parents who prioritize easy clean-up.


Choosing the right markers for your child depends on their age, interests, and the type of projects they enjoy.

  • Acrylic Markers with Ultra Soft Nibs are perfect for older children and teens who want to experiment with different surfaces and need long-lasting results.
  • Water-Based Dual Tip Markers offer versatility and ease of use, making them ideal for detailed drawings and coloring large areas.
  • Mideer Washable Markers are best for young children, providing bright colors and easy clean-up for those inevitable messes.

No matter which type you choose, encouraging your child's artistic expression with quality supplies is a wonderful way to support their creativity and development.