How do I get my kids to stop drawing on the walls!?

Caranna - posted on 03/26/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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It seems every day I find a new mural. Be it on the walls, furniture, appliances, or floors - I want it to stop!

I've tried taking away all writing utensils (they always seem to find more), making THEM scrub it off, time outs - you name it. But the behavior continues!

I am tired of scrubbing, I'm tired of my things getting ruined, and I'm tired of punishing my kids!

What can I do!?

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Melissa - posted on 03/26/2009

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Pick one wall in your house. Hopefully close to there room or in their room and paint it with chalkboard paint and let that be there canves to draw all they want.  All other wall are off limits and outline the punisment if they draw out side of their spots.  It worked for me and my daughter is Autisic but she understood were she could or could not draw on the walls.  I have yet to paint over it. 

Joline - posted on 10/30/2012

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I am losing it too. My 4 year old is a little impulsive but generally well behaved but he CONTINUES to color on walls and furniture and I'm LOSING it. I yelled at him and grounded him from crayons/markers and now I feel horrible for losing it and yelling. I am at my wits end. I don't know what to do!!

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Mary-Ann - posted on 10/02/2012

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Hi! You've posted this in 2009 and just wanted to know if the writing on the wall has diminshed or stopped. If so, can you say how it was done? I also have a 5 year old who continuously writes on everything... walls, floors, cabinets, bed sheets, any items, herself We have all writing supplies possible such as paper (all sizes), postal boards, dry ease board, coloring pages, black board. We've taken things away from her, made her clean her mess, time out, positive re-inforcement when she does write on paper etc.. but nothing... she still writes on things she is not supposed to. Arghhhhhh!!!! I'm frustrated and out of ideas! Any help out there?

Helen - posted on 03/28/2009

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Get window crayons/markers made by Crayola or a magic eraser. Also can line walls with paper.

Janelle - posted on 03/27/2009

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There is several different kinds of paint that you can apply to a wall so they can color. Set up some rules for it so they know that this is the wall they can draw on and create beautiful pictures. If they have aplace that this can be done with out getting in trouble most likely they will stick to the one spot. On the side of caution you do need to put several coats on the way before anything will show up. And the best part of the paint is when they have outgrown this stage in their lives you can paint right over it. They also make magnetic paint so you can put magnets and other fun stuff on the wall

Janelle - posted on 03/27/2009

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There is several different kinds of paint that you can apply to a wall so they can color. Set up some rules for it so they know that this is the wall they can draw on and create beautiful pictures. If they have aplace that this can be done with out getting in trouble most likely they will stick to the one spot. On the side of caution you do need to put several coats on the way before anything will show up. And the best part of the paint is when they have outgrown this stage in their lives you can paint right over it. They also make magnetic paint so you can put magnets and other fun stuff on the wall

Elizabeth - posted on 03/27/2009

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i'm not sure but i wish we had mr. clean magic erasers when my boys were young!!!!!

Jacque - posted on 03/26/2009

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Have you child clean the wall themself with just water after a while use some cleaner to get it off but a few times of my kids having to clean it off themselfs and not allowed to do anything else till it was clean they didn't do it anymore they hated to clean for it wasn't as fun to do as it was for them to just not to do it..good luck

Andrea - posted on 03/26/2009

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I agree with Sheena and some of the other "art corner" suggestions. The chalkboard paint is great and you can also get some laminate wallboards (bathroom section at you local hardware store) that work well as write on/wipe off boards. It takes vigilance, teaching use of the "art corner", parent involvement, and a reward system to make it work.

Chantel - posted on 03/26/2009

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My sister bought one of those big roles of art paper and would put a sheet up on the designated walls for her kids to color on.  When it got full of doodles, she put a fresh sheet up.  It gave them a 'safe' place to draw and she was able to keep them off the walls in the rest of the house. 



People always say to take away writing tools or have everything water based, but that has always seemed unreasonable to me.  My sister had the best idea with this and it worked great for them!  Too bad my kids are older and I had to repaint instead *grin*

Sheena - posted on 03/26/2009

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they have paint for the walls that is like chalkboard paint paint there rooms in it then they can color on it and it wipes right off

Catherine - posted on 03/26/2009

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it's a tough battle and like you said they always find a half broken crayon under the couch one day when your making lunch and it's over! The only thing you can try is take it all away except for a special area and buy all those new crayola paper books with special utensils that only write on that paper?!? It's worth a shot. My daughter sneaks it a lot but she's only 22 months so its expected lol goodluck

Kelly - posted on 03/26/2009

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My girls had this habit to (and we rent uggh).  We tried everything you did  and then Grandma stepped in.........



At Target they sell these 3x4 or so cardboard playhouses that are made to be colored on.  They are walls that can be colored on!      Also we get "butt" rolls of paper from a printing company (the ones that still use tension presses)  they are like 36in wide and are on a cardboard tube,  we roll some out and tape it to the wall  so the kids can "color on the wall"  sometimes it is easier teaching them what they "can" do then always punishing for what they can't. 

Denai - posted on 03/26/2009

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I had the same problem! And living in a rented property it was a nightmare! Try looking at your local store for Crayola's magic markers - I cant remember the exact name of them,but the come with a special paper that you can draw on - and its the only thing that the textas will draw on! So no more wall murals,no more ruined clothes,no more D.I.Y tattoos. I had great success with these until my kids were old enough to understand not to draw on the walls. Hope this helps.

Jeanette - posted on 03/26/2009

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do a thorough search and put up all things they can color with and only allow supervised coloring at the table, crayons dont leave and as soon as they are coloring on anything they arent allowed, take them away! u are doing all the things u can, u just need to find them all so that when u take them away they can not find more.....Can also try only letting them have supervised coloring with Color wonder markers for now, they only color on special paper, but still discourage coloring else where even though they dont color on anything else cause u dont want them to think it is okay...



Good luck, I knows its frustrating, our little creative wonders like to see if they can decorate the whole house lol... My daughter is 2 1/2 and we only allow her supervised coloring in the kitchen and as soon as she starts to color on herself or table they go away for the day! She gets it and is doing it less now or takes longer... find other ways for them to be creative!

Kellie - posted on 03/26/2009

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no matter how hard i tried i could never get my kids to stop, so thankgod when my grandson came along they invented the washable marker, and that comes off the wall and nothing is ruined, I do keep him on a floor with no carpet just in case, hope that helps

Katie - posted on 03/26/2009

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Best bet---- have you tried an ART corner with all art supplies (or whatever they use) and have an upright aisle for them to use. It makes them feel special and the angle is very much like a wall. Just an idea.

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