If you’ve been following along with us for a while now, you know that my girls are very creative. We’ve had an art corner for as long as I can remember, and it is used every single day by one or both of them. Every single day. So when Cindra from Guide Dots sent us the starter kit for their art subscription service, we were over the moon! I’ll be sharing a bit more about what we love about it below, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a starter kit for your own children!
The Guide Dots starter kit for Level 1 includes a light tablet, 6 Guide Dots drawing rolls (2 each month for 3 months), 9 dual tip markers, 1 box of chalk pastels, and access to the online instructional videos. Those materials are yours to keep, and then if you want to add more to your subscription you can purchase additional monthly Guide Dots drawing rolls.
Level 2 contains all of those materials PLUS a watercolor set, watercolor paper, and oil pastels.
This is quite an ingenious system that uses a roll of paper containing dots as guidelines along with instructional videos created by Cindra, an experienced art instructor. Cindra’s instructions are clear and informative. They aren’t condescending or too complicated for my girls (ages 4 and 6) to understand. They’re also very memorable — just the other day, Lila noticed a loose string and she said, “Look, mom! It’s an organic line!” — something she learned from the instructional videos.
When I saw that there was a light tablet involved, I was worried that this might just be a bunch of drawings to trace — but it’s not that at all. The dots are simply there as a starting point, and the videos teach real art concepts and allow for the child to modify her drawings however she likes. The video also has natural pauses built in between steps, so we don’t have to pause it ourselves to catch up.
Once the picture is drawn, there’s another instructional video teaching you how to use the markers and chalk pastels to color in your picture. The videos even include some sensory friendly alternatives to use if your child doesn’t like to get messy or touch chalk pastels directly.
My girls are both so proud of the artwork they have created using Guide Dots! The rolls can be used over and over again, so we have a couple duplicates with different color schemes. The wall next to our art corner is now covered with their creations!
Over on Instagram, Cindra and I are giving away 1 Guide Dots starter kit (for whichever level is appropriate for your family) this week! Find this post on my Instagram page to find the rules of entry: