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And then they did. Specifically, the folks at Melissa & Doug created Water Wow!, a marker that uses no chemical liquid of any kind, but instead is filled with water — which you refill after each use — and it DOES NOT HAVE A CAP!
But now? The jig is up, kids. We are no longer at the mercy of those tiny pieces of plastic. Parents: 1, Toddlers: 0.
Outside of the obvious and revolutionary magical marker, the design of the books themselves is also brilliant.