How do I get my 2yr old to stop drawing on the walls?

Meghan - posted on 11/01/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




My daughter is 2, and has been coloring for about 6 months or so. These past few weeks she begun drawing on the walls and her bed. The first few times I took away her crayons for the day, and made her help me clean it. Then, she kept on, and I started taking them away for a couple days. But now everytime I give them to her, not even an hour later, she draws on the wall. I can't turn my back for 5 min with her and crayons. She used to not be like this. She will consistently tell me that drawing on the walls/bed is a no-no. But she continues to do it! I really need some ideas on what to do. I love to color and do any kinds of arts and crafts, but if she can't learn to handle crayons, paint and stuff will never work. Please help me!!


Sue - posted on 11/02/2009




Im sorry to say that 2 is just too young to be left unattended with crayons. If you cant sit right beside her and give her undivided attention when she has the crayons, then dont give them to her. Kids at that age see walls as the biggest colouring book in the world and dont get the concept that its off limits. You can take them away, make her help scrub the walls, what ever.. and she wont get it.

Give her a half hour with you sitting with her, maybe even get your own colouring book cause its very stress releasing to colour... and then when times up, put them up high in a cupboard until the next time you can give her 100% of your time to colour again.

Most kids cant keep crayons on paper and off walls until they are around 4 or 5 yrs old so get use to the idea that you need to sit and supervise and you both will be happy campers.


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I feel ya gurl. My walls have art from my lil one and were just painting over them. heh. He is Autistic and he started drawing on our walls when he was 3. He is now 6 and has stopped almost completely. What has helped is my husband and I snapping at him when we catch him doing it and saying a quick "that is wrong" and a quick "NO!! " You have to keep paper and washable crayons handy. So when he wants to draw you will be prepared. Try to buy the huge kindergarten crayons.. the 8 pack. DONT buy markers. Just keep reinforcing the rules as much as you can. With most Autistic kids reinforcement just helps.

Darnelle - posted on 11/03/2009




the only thing I can suggest is giving her 15 minute time frames to color when you can be with her to make sure she will not do that...then put up the crayons in the closet on a shelf and tell her when she can be trusted to not color on the walls then she can have more time to color by herself. the thing I did with my 2 boys when they were young was to get those cheap white poster boards at Walmart and framed it with wood pieces( or tack it up) on the wall and tell them ...that is where you can color on the wall and no where else. it helped but what I really liked was that Crayola came out with those no mess markers that only made color on their "special paper" it is expensive I know but took away the hassel of getting upset when they colored where they shouldn't have. Maybe for X-mas you could get that for her. I can remember thanking my family for buying the washable markers when my son wrote on our cream carpet... the steam cleaner did a great job of cleaning that mess up... hope this helped you...

Amanda - posted on 11/03/2009




I have three kids and they were all wall artists when they were younger!! I found what helped is making them clean up what they have drawn, warm water and a cloth(its not going to get it off all the way you may have to go back and clean with a cleaning product) but they will start to see the reprucussions in time.

Lmf64 - posted on 11/01/2009




All I can offer is to never leave her unattended with the crayons and make the 'always at the table' rule. My son was never interested in crayons/pencils/etc until he was 5. As a matter of fact he wouldn't touch them. The day he turned 5 he said "I'm 5 now. I can write my name!" and he did. 11 years later he writes his name in almost exactly the same way. He writes very poorly and I think a large part of it was due to him not having the early experience of scribbling when he was little.

Debi - posted on 11/01/2009




My son is 4 1/2 and I still don't trust him unattended with any type of writing utensil! I had to do the same thing as Renee......crayons/markers stay at the table. He didn't like this at first, but finally complied. Most often he didn't attend to drawing for very long anyway. He still has limited attention span for arts & crafts activities, but is getting better at using the items appropriately.

Also, think about trying the Aqua Doodle or Color Wonder products for those times that you can't be right on top of your daughter to monitor her 'creativity'.

Renee - posted on 11/01/2009




My son did that and then it was the rule that they had to be used at his kid size table. If he left the table I made him come back with the crayons he eventually got tired of being taken back to the table and realized he had to use the paper. He did sometimes draw on his table but it was plastic and washable. I always made sure he had paper. That was my solution. He is now 8 years and old and if he does not have paper handy he will ask for it however he has marked on the our kitchen table a few times. Whichi is not the end of the world. Good luck to you.

Magen - posted on 11/01/2009




You might try making it a super big (good) deal when she draws on the paper or appropriate surface. Instead of concentrating on the bad. This may or may not work. It may be that she will not be able to have them unattended until she is older. Good luck.

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