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Bingo Dabber Activities for Children

Updated: Feb 6

Are you looking for a new and exciting way to teach children their letters, numbers and shapes? Have you ever considered using bingo dabbers as an alternative to crayons, pens and paints? Whether you call them bingo dabbers, bingo daubers, dot markers or bingo stamps - children's eyes will light up when they see them! Younger (and older!) children love using bingo dabbers for hands-on activities. The sponge-tipped bottles allow children to get creative without the mess of traditional paint. Simply grab the bottles and go!


There are many benefits to using bingo dabbers. From an adult's perspective, they are far less messy than paint! There's no need to pour paints and find brushes and no need to clean up afterwards. Plus, they last a long time. Using bingo dabbers is fun and will also benefit children who have difficulty using traditional colouring tools. In addition, they will:

  • Develop an understanding of one-to-one correspondence.

  • Develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, as they direct the dabber to the dot and push down on the paper.

  • Develop postural control, which is essential for good handwriting.


There are many different brands of bingo dabber. Here's a popular example from Amazon:

bingo dabbers

There are a few rules that you will want to teach children before they use bingo dabbers for the first time:

  1. Only dab on the paper/workbook

  2. Press down quite firmly but not too hard!

  3. Don’t squeeze the bingo dabber

  4. Replace the lid after use

It’s important that children dab and then bring the pen straight back up. If they push down for too long, the paper will become soggy and rip.

It's a good idea to model how to use bingo dabbers correctly, just like you would if you were showing them felt pens, scissors, or glue for the first time.


By clicking on the images/links above, you will find my free bingo dabber shape activity and alphabet and number workbooks.

In addition, a set of alphabet and number printables are available to purchase from my shop - just click on the images below to take you to them!

bingo dabber number activity

bingo dabber alphabet activity

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