Drawing on walls

Antonia - posted on 05/29/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Does anybody have a 5 yr old who still draws all over the walls? My daughter does and I have no idea why. She knows better, but yet she still does it. It really upsets me. I have put her in timeout, spanked her and grounded her from the computer. What else can I do??

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Nicole - posted on 05/29/2010

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Make her wash it off. You will probably have to wash it again, but it will teach her consequences.

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Jessica - posted on 06/01/2010

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I wonder if you could pick one area (her room maybe) and put contact paper or something similar on the wall, that you could peel off, and tell her that's her own personal wall to draw on.

Monique - posted on 05/31/2010

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I made my daughter clean it off. When she realized how much effort it took, she stopped real quick. :)

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Comet and a damp cloth also work....don't scrub too hard! I just found that Magic Erasers are expensive and I have a house cleaning company so we need to keep costs down....Comet or any other type of cream cleanser!

Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 05/31/2010

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two words. Magic Eraser
it's Amazing- it'll take everything off!
And I agree that she should be the one who has to clean the walls off- it will help her to understand the consequences.
But for the root of the problem- Does she have access to books and blank paper so she doesn't use the walls? Maybe if she had an easel that would help- she may want to draw Big pictures? :)

Trisha - posted on 05/31/2010

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make her clean the walls herself and dont let her do anything till the walls are cleaned worked for my 3 year old just hand her a rag with warm water and a lil soap and let her do the work

Sarah - posted on 05/29/2010

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My youngest (pictured in my profile) is the same if I am out of the room even for a minute she will manage to draw on the walls, floor, herself...generally whatever she can. What I do now is to start with I have brought washable textas that not only come out of clothes but will also come off walls. My girls art and craft stuff is always kept up away from them and they know that they are to sit and stay seated at the table and once they get up and start trying to move around the house with the textas they get packed away. When my youngest (2 years) does manage to draw on something I pack up her drawing stuff and she is made to wipe down where ever she has drawn. Good luck =)

Jen - posted on 05/29/2010

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I would take all the crayons away and tell her that she can have them again when she's a big girl and can stop coloring on the wall. Also use the magic eraser to get the crayons off the wall. My friend's sons have colored on the walls and she said that's the only thing she found that works.

Desiree - posted on 05/29/2010

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My son went through that stage. After having to help clean it off with either a regular eraser or a magic eraser, he has decided this is not fun and quit doing it...

Stina - posted on 05/29/2010

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When my kids (5yo and 3 yo) went through the phase of coloring on the walls, I had them help me clean it up. It only took a couple times of that (and keeping the crayons where they have to ask to use them) and they don't color on the walls any more.

Lyndsay - posted on 05/29/2010

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My almost 3 year old is a creative one like that. You can try taking all writing materials away during unsupervised play time. My son is allowed to draw with markers or crayons only when I or his father are in the room with him. Up until recently he had a chalk board in his room so he was allowed to have chalk, which rubs right off the walls anyway.

Cheryl - posted on 05/29/2010

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Stress that crayons, markers, pencils, and pens are only for paper. Put a white board or large paper on the wall at her level and emphasize that she may only color where that white board/ paper is. Use Magic Erase sponges to wash marks off walls. If you still find a lot of marks, I agree with Dana -- don't let her color or draw (until you feel like trying to trust her). She will eventually mature and outgrow it.

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Haha! About the paint.....I just repainted my house also! My daughter is coming up on 21 months so we decided to get the really good paint specifically designed to not show wash streaks....it's wonderful!

Antonia - posted on 05/29/2010

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Thanks! @ Nicole.. our apartment walls are painted with cheap as can be paint, so if you try to wash it off with anything, even water, it leaves ugly ugly stains on them. I just need to get some paint and repaint.

@ Dana, I will try that! Thank you!

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Stop letting her color or draw.....that, to me, seems like the most fitting punishment. If she draws on the walls, she doesn't get to draw anymore! NO more writing utensils!

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