The imagination of a child runs wild. But sometimes this can lead to not-so-pleasant outcomes when they start scribbling or painting on the walls of your lovely home. For some kids, the entire home is their canvas and it becomes hard to keep an eye on them all the time. And while most of us would either scream or run with a sponge to rub the “artwork” off with our frantic attempts, this one mom knew how to make lemonade out of lemons by turning her daughter’s doodles into wall art.
Though we are in awe of this mom who was able to turn her child’s misplaced scribble into collaborative flowery wall art, not every parent has the artistic gene in them to come up with an exciting solution. Now we are not sure how the mom reacted at first upon seeing her child’s doodle up and down the wall. But if it were to be any of us, the only way we would be able to salvage the situation is by repainting the walls. However, there are ways you can keep your toddler’s tiny hands from drawing on the wall.
5 Easy Tips To Prevent Your Child From Spoiling The Wall
Here are the various tricks that you can try to keep your walls scribble-free and your child’s imagination alive.
Blackboards can be used not just in schools, but in your home as well. It’s a great platform for your child to get creative and even do some studying while having fun. The best thing about this option is that it is reusable with very little maintenance. However, keep in mind that if your child suffers from asthma or any other allergies, then blackboard may not be a good idea because of all the chalk dust.
2) Washable Paints And Crayons
Replace all your child’s crayons with easy-to-clean ones. These paints and crayons can be easily cleaned off from the wall with a wet or dry cloth. At the same time, let your kid know that a wall is not the place to draw. You can get them a coloring book so they have an outlet to express their mind.
3) Large Paper Sheets
If your kid is not a fan of blackboard, you can get him/her large sheets of paper instead. Just stick the paper on the wall using tape. This will give them a designated space to be creative with colors and paints. Your child will be able to get artsy without creating a mess for you to clean up later. However, the disadvantage with this method is that unlike the blackboard it cannot be constantly reused.
4) Teach Them Responsibility
You cannot expect kids to immediately follow the rules soon after setting boundaries or designating a particular space for them to draw. They might still have the impulse to draw on other walls either because they find it exciting or simply out of habit. A good way to prevent this from happening is by giving them the responsibility to clean up their mess. This way they will learn a thing or two about taking responsibility for their actions.
5) Be Patient And Refrain From Showing Anger
Being angry or resorting to punishments is the only going to instill a rebellious response from them. Instead, be patient and let them know you are disappointed by their behavior. As mentioned earlier, give them the responsibility to clean up their own mess. Simultaneously let them know that you are not doing this as punishment. Also remind them that they have a specific space in the house to draw, paint or scribble to their heart’s content.
Kids always find walls and large spaces amusing than drawing on a coloring book. They are also at a learning stage where they are eager to draw and express themselves. So, instead of curbing their creativity, it’s best to provide them various outlets through which they can express themselves. This way, it’s a win-win situation for both as you can have scribble free walls and your child can draw their heart out.