HOW TO... still allow your child to draw on walls

Surely, all of us have had the occasion to enjoy the artworks that our children had made on our walls, closets, doors, tiles and other parts of our homes and furniture. First, we must understand several things: children are curious and they are fascinated by an object that leaves a trace (a pen, marker, chalk, etc.); for children it is easier and more logical to use a large surface, because hand-eye coordination at that age is such that first they make large movements with their whole arm, and that is why they prefer a wall to paper; in that sense, they find it easier to work standing or sitting upright when the surface on which they draw is at the height of their eyes. 

Now, when we understand why it is happening, we needn’t be annoyed, but see what we can do to make that process of artistic elation easier for them, and also retain our nerves and money we’d had spent on repainting. 

First, note where the child draws most, that is obviously either it’s favourite or the most approachable spot, and then focus on that part of your home, with agreement that it can do it only there and nowhere else. 

  • Take large sheets of paper, but white – cartridge or flip-chart paper. Flip-chart paper is a good choice, it is cheaper than cartridge and there’s lots of them in a package and it is found in every stationery. When you buy flip-chart paper, ask for clean white, not ruled or graphed. 
  • Use a masking tape to stick the paper onto the surface on which the child started to draw. Those papers are much thinner than cartridge, so use triple layers. 
  • Give the child a marker, chalks or crayons (of course, only if it is big enough to use them and not put them in their mouth), but never permanent markers, because they can pass through the flip-chart paper and you’ll still have traces on your wall. Certainly something that leaves a lighter trace, and coloured pencils are still not an option. If the child is big enough you can give it watercolours. 
  • Agree that that is the place for drawing – only those sheets.  You can hang them on several places, but come to the understanding that it can draw only on them. When paper becomes filled, put up new ones.  
  • Help the child learn how to draw a circle by first showing it how to how to make it using a wide sweep of the arm from shoulder, and later make it smaller. 

When the child gets older, it will easily switch to drawing on table on smaller sheets and using more colours. For now, enjoy the wall paintings decorating your home, but also the time this activity leaves you. 



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