My three year old has started coloring on everything. She can tell you that she's only supposed to color on paper, but it keeps happening. Should I take her crayons and markers away?

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Cindy - posted on 03/26/2009

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Quoting Patricia:



There is no better time than NOW for teaching obedience - it comes in really handy (for emergencies like when they are running into danger) and because it is a life skill - If taking the crayons away in your form of discipline and correction then use it - don't be afraid to let your kids know that they are not a pint-sized dictator - Just remember an immediate and swift consequence registers in that little mind - not lots of talking and reasoning it out...   "Mommy said color on paper - You did not obey."  Put them away for 5 min (or whatever) then try again.





Very well said !



 



Keep everything somewhere that she can not get to (beware any drawers or cabinets within toddler level) and only take things out during coloring time, EVEN the Crayola products. Crayloa has certainly helped in this department, but it is still NOT ok to attempt to color on everything else because you know what will happen the one time you accidently leave the permanent marker within arms reach ! lol



 



Take them away, and then try again. If you just threaten but never carry through kids learn you're full of it, if they know you mean what you say they're more likely to obey. Certainly encourage creativity, on the paper and not the walla and furniture. Eventually she will get into something she shouldn't but if you've been firm then she will at the very least get a peice of paper to color on... now maybe it'll be the electric bill you need to pay, but at least it was on paper =)

Emily - posted on 03/26/2009

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Get washables and completely supervise her the entire time. After enough, "Paper is for coloring walls are not" she will get teh point. Catch ehr before she does it to make the greatest impact. If she decides to color on the floor or wall, take the crayons and markers and explain why you are doing it. Don't take them away forever, just a few hours to show that you will not allow her to color on your walls.

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Katie - posted on 02/19/2013

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my 3 year old niece is going through that anything she finds she uses to color on the TV on the more on the carpet on the table and I don't know what to do it appreciate it if somebody could give me some ideas

~Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2009

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I forgot to add this. 



On the off chance that you cannot get the marker off a wall, 'Binz primer' (paint)  will cover anything.  (Even the  black Sharpie marker that my son got ahold of and decided that he was going to make his bedroom "Elmo's World".)



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Amy - posted on 03/26/2009

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Maybe just convert to the color wonder markers that only color on the specific paper until she is a little older and follows directions better. I had to do it when I found my daughter had designed a mural on one of the bedroom walls.

Stephanie - posted on 03/26/2009

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I gave my daughter A LOT of coloringbooks, notebooks, anything that looked fun to write on. And we talked about where she could write and where she could not. It worked. Oh and those magic eraser (ever the off brand) work great to take everything off the walls, fridge, almost anywhere. good luck!

Jeanette - posted on 03/26/2009

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My daughter does this, she is 2 1/2... What I do is, she is only allowed to color at the table and only with supervision, we talk about where to color and that if she colors on the table, herself, etc they go away... no chances, as soon as she starts coloring time is over till another time... The amount she colors on things other then the paper she is suppose to are getting less frequent now or takes longer for her to get there, which is probaby in way of saying she is done with coloring anyway, so they go away!



I wouldnt suggest just taking them away and not letting her color anymore, as u want to encourage this creativity, motor skills and part of developement.... u just have to be firm with the rules, stick to them, dont give in, not once.... make it fun, color with her, give her lots of options, as some get bored with just coloring fast thus why they then color elsewhere I think.....We have all sorts of paper, different colors, coloring books, everything from crayons to felts, so take a bit for my daughter to get bored of it.... also u might want to try, when my daughter was younger and coloring everywhere she wasnt suppose to, we found these felts (COLOR wonders I thin) that only color on special paper and coloring books, so if she did decide to color on the table or herself when I wasnt watchign for a min, it didnt do anything.. I would still discourage it though as u dont want to let her think it is okay..... Good luck, have fun coloring with her

Fadia - posted on 03/26/2009

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How about creating a "color wall" for her. Dedicate a wall in your home to her for colouring in. In that way it's something new other than using paper which 3 year olds may find too " school like". Use washable crayons and markers and let her , with your assistance wash off the wall when need be. I think she's just a little girls who finds it easy to express herself. The wall allows her this bu in more structured enviroment.

Wendy - posted on 03/26/2009

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I would only let her have them when you are with her.  When she draws on something she shoulden't tell her color time is over and take them away.  Ignore any tantrums she might throw.  Just state matter of factly that she colored on things she shouldn't so the crayons go away for today.  Soon she will understand and only color on what she knows she is allowed to.

Cindy - posted on 03/26/2009

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I also want to add that Crayola Washabls do NOT come off the cheap paint my apartment complex uses on the walla, not even with a Magic Eraser, so just because it SAYS washable, bear in mind it's much easier to get markers or crayons off good, oil based paint !



 



Also if you own your home you might want to look into the chalk board paint and paint a section of wall for coloring on, with chalk, but that opens up another can of worms =)

Amanda - posted on 03/26/2009

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My son (26 mo.) is only allowed to color at the kitchen table. He is not allowed to roam around the house with crayons. We have taken them away (temporarily) because he has colored on the table but I think having a specific place to color  has helped alot. My son likes to actually eat the crayons....lol....and we use the the same approach. Just telling him they are for coloring on paper not  eating. We also have the color wonder markers and finger paints and they are great but we still make it a rule that ALL artwork is done at the table. Hope this helps!! :)

Clara - posted on 03/26/2009

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my 2 year old is very similar... she'll state "only on paper" while colouring elsewhere!  I give her one warning and explain that I'll take the crayons away if she does it again.  If she does, it's bye-bye crayons for a few hours.  We also use the washable products, so it's not bad to clean up.  I figure she'll eventually learn.  I don't believe it's on purpose.

Cathy - posted on 03/26/2009

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I wouldn't take away and not let her have them ever, but keep them in a place she can't get too. Only let her have them when she can be supervised at the table, or desk with paper.. I wouldn't let her have them to play with in her room or on the floor. She needs to know that there are certain places she can use them and that they are only for paper. If you give her the color wonder markers (which are neat) you are not addressing the issue of her using writing utensils inappropriatley. You are just putting a bandaid on the problem.

User - posted on 03/26/2009

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There is no better time than NOW for teaching obedience - it comes in really handy (for emergencies like when they are running into danger) and because it is a life skill - If taking the crayons away in your form of discipline and correction then use it - don't be afraid to let your kids know that they are not a pint-sized dictator - Just remember an immediate and swift consequence registers in that little mind - not lots of talking and reasoning it out...   "Mommy said color on paper - You did not obey."  Put them away for 5 min (or whatever) then try again.

~Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2009

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If you want to take them away as a punishment for coloring somewhere other than the paper, well, that's up to you.....



If you want to keep it from happening at all, Crayola makes markers that only write on specific paper ( that you, of course, also have to buy from them- lol).   They also make 'washable' markers and crayons that come off / out of anything with a little soap and water.



We use the washable crayons and markers at our house and have never had a problem getting them out of / off anything  (except the deck outside) and they wash out of clothing, off walls, out of the couch cushions, out of the rug etc. pretty easily.   (Apparently I have 2 little future Jackson Pollocks on my hands).

User - posted on 03/26/2009

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no ... i used to set up a color time when i could set with them at the table and color with them. this way they can express their creativity and enjoy your company too. BUT always keep a mr. clean majic eraser handy...lol

Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2009

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My 3 yr old did the exact same thing. I finally bought the crayola color wonder products. They are amazing. The colors will only show up on the special paper. They have markers, finger paints, water colors and so much more!

Lee-Anna - posted on 03/26/2009

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Try color wonders paints and paper, this is what I do with my 3-year-old and it is fab! The paint/color only shows up on special paper, otherwise it is invisible :)

Lori - posted on 03/26/2009

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What about those new ones that only color on the paper, they are made by crayola

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