Have Your Children Ever Colored On Your Walls?

United States
January 3, 2009 7:51pm CST
Let's just say, I'm glad that I stocked up on Mr Cleans Magic Erasers last weekend. My 2 year old son was at the kitchen table coloring and I walked out of the room and came back and he had colored all over my kitchen wall and the door to the bathroom. I took his crayons away from him but then he kept walking over to it and just looking at what he had done. So, I had to get out my camera and take a picture which I uploaded for you to see. It really angers a mother, but then it is still so cute too. Have your children ever colored on your walls or done something similar?
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
4 Jan 09
When my twins were very small, they found some crayons and went all over the wall of their bedroom. We had to get out the "Sp*ic and Span" (this is a product that is used to clean stuff. It is in a box and is a green powder that you mix with water.)and remove their árt work. They were about two or three years old at the time and it amazes me how they could get out of their crib and find the crayons to draw over the wall. I think we also had to repaint the wall as well.
• United States
4 Jan 09
It is amazing what children can get into huh? I think we sometimes under estimate their intelligence. Children are very smart! Thanks for the comment!
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
4 Jan 09
My Older Son teachng Katie how to use the remote - My older son and my granddaughter Katie New Years Eve 2008 at my younger son's place. They are both sports addicts
OH and my sons went on to University, so I guess that is a sign if they are able to get into things when you think they cannot, eventually they will be getting into higher things. That reminds me, we were visiting my younger son's house, and they had one of those child proof gates at the top of the stairs and Katie (she's my older son's little girl who is 18 months) was looking every closely at it. I guess they have to watch her to see if she does not learn how to work it.
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• United States
5 Jan 09
Yes, it doesn't take them long to figure things out, huh?
• United States
4 Jan 09
My son was always coloring on his walls, and furniture. He would never color on other walls, or furniture, just his. My pediatrician said we should be honored he was so artistic. I was real honored scrubbing it all the time LOL. He is still artistic just on paper. Mr Magic Eraser was my best friend. My littlest one has never done this.
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• United States
4 Jan 09
Yes, I felt very honored earlier when I was scrubbing my walls and bathroom door. My mother is always telling me that when my children do things like this to snap a picture because when the get older I can look back and realize what precious times I had with them growing up. But you never know, our children could grow up and be the next Picasso.
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• United States
6 Jan 09
Yeah I know but at the time the only thing you think of is ugh they are ruining my walls. He is still artistic, and pretty good too.
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@halynn (1809)
• United States
5 Jan 09
That's quite the artwork my little nephew did there!!! JT has colored on his walls & i've used the magic erasers like you have on the most of it; however, there is 1 spot behind his tv that i've just kinda left that as a little keepsake if u will lol. he did it when he was a lot younger & i just think it's artwork lol.
• United States
5 Jan 09
LOL Well, I found a spot that I didn't even see from the other night. It is in the livingroom. I have left it there, not sure if I will clean it off or not because like you said, it can be kind of like a keepsake. LOL
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@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
I don't have kids yet but I do remember itching to draw on walls when I was a kid. I might have done some damage around the house, but my mom had our house remodeled a few years ago so now all the evidence of my naughtiness is gone. I do hope that when I have kids of my own, they won't be as naughty as me! :)
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• United States
4 Jan 09
Well, I'm sure they will be a little sneeky if anything. All children are. Thanks for the comment!
@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
4 Jan 09
This happened to me before the magic erasers were invented. My daughter was 2 and a friend had asked me to watch her 2 1/2 year old girl. Well I was trying to clean house (a rental mind you) when I walked into the kitchen and there stood friends child with a RED PERMANENT marker in her hand!! It was all over the tile, walls,cabinets everywhere including all over my daughter!! I don't know where the child even found that marker! I was livid. I had to scrub and scrub to get it off of everything. I was furious.
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• United States
4 Jan 09
Oh my gosh! Yes, I would have been furious too. I know my son found a red permanent marker a few days ago, but luckily he just drew on himself. It took me long enough to get it off of him, I'm glad I didn't have anything else to get it off. Thanks for sharing your story.
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@msmell (1378)
• Australia
4 Jan 09
No I was lucky my kids never did do that but not so long ago my nephew got a permanent marker that my other half had left on the table and drew all over a freshly painted feature wall Lets just say that my other half was not very happy about this!
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• United States
4 Jan 09
Oh my, I bet your other half wasn't pleased at all. Thanks for the comment!
• United States
4 Jan 09
My two year old somehow snuck a crayon into her room and when she was supposed to be in bed she was decorating her room!! There were marks everywhere and as far up as she could reach. She had lines going all the way around the room. After awhile I could here that she was still up and went in her room to put her back to bed and I was shocked. It took me hours and hours the next day with the magic eraser to get it all off the walls. Needless to say she didn't color for a little while and now the colors are well out of reach and she only uses them while I am right there by her!!
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• United States
4 Jan 09
Yes, they are very sneaky at that age, aren't they? Thanks for sharing your experience with a 2 year old and crayons.
• United States
6 Jan 09
We have to pay extra for our apartment for repainting when we moved out because my kids colored their bedroom walls. They love to color. My husband already told them not to. We bought them 3 reams of bondpapers to draw on so they will not draw the walls anymore. Now they are no longer drawing the walls but scattering the papers all over the place. Kids are kids you know. I am providing boxes now where they can place the papers that they have just colored.Oh well, they will only be kids once so we have to extend our patience with them.;-)
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@sudalunts (5527)
• United States
5 Jan 09
My son did not color on the walls but he would draw a line to see how much he grew. Every so often you would see the line a little higher. When I asked he about it, he told me that he was keeping track of how tall he was growing, it was just a small line in pencil, so I did not fret too much over it.
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
5 Jan 09
so cute! I think all kids do that. I learned when my kids were younger to always keep a cheap tube of regular toothpaste and a cheap can of hairspray on hand. The toothpaste removes crayon like magic and the hairspray removes ink and they can be bought at the dollar store cheaper than anything.
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• Indonesia
5 Jan 09
well not really, coz im not yet having a child lmao..but i have a nephews who used to do that, we told them to stop n gave them a paper for exchange ;) coz we dont want to limit their creativity, just draw anything wat they like but provide the media for that..but if it happens accidently coz we didnt notice them when they're coloring it, then its alright hahaha..wat else can we do, just wait till we paint the house again hahah..
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• United States
5 Jan 09
lord yes. my two old son colored all over my walls. every single wall in the house i do believe. the magic eraser work but dang all the color to wipe up! He has also somehow gotton ahold of a marker and went to town with that. it seems like no matter what you do they always find something to get into to. What gets me is my son has a million coloring books and wont color a single page! But you know,i did find a chalkboard paint at my local walmart and painted chalkboard on his bedroom wall and he loves it! he does not color on the walls as often. try the chalkboard paint it goes on almost anything. The pic you took is too funny!
@aakay4u (799)
• India
4 Jan 09
oh yes my children too were very fond of colouring the walls and despite warnings they practiced writing alphabets and drawing animals,etc whenever they found that nobody was watching them.its really cute to watch though we get angry but with time they understood this and left their job of colouring the walls.
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@caskins (689)
• United States
5 Jan 09
my three year old and six year old has colored on their bedroom walls which made me very angry. does Mr Cleans Magic Erasers really work?
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• United States
5 Jan 09
Oh yes, Mr Clean's Magic Erasers are the best! They definitely are magicial. I haven't found many things that it won't get off of walls or surfaces. They rock!
@Vicstar (98)
4 Jan 09
Nice post singlemommy. There can't be many of us moms that have not experienced this as soon as the children reach toddler stage! I saw your solution to with magic erasers - and was reminded of the old fashioned solution which was, believe it or not, to use bread as an erasor. Now i wonder if that would work or not?! Could be a bit different today with the newer generation of felt tips etc!
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• United States
5 Jan 09
I've never heard of using bread. I will have to try it.
• United States
4 Jan 09
yea my 2 year old juast did this yesterday , i too have a lot of magic erasers on hand and love them. we rent and i cannot have marks on the walls.
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• United States
5 Jan 09
Magic erasers are a mom's best friend!
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
Hi singlemom!! I was amused actually, hehheehe,, I just remember my godson who happened to "pooh" inside the folder with an important documents. He was then 2 years old and I guess he knows what he's doing cause he put the folder inside my cabinet and hide it......was so ewwwwww lol
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• United States
5 Jan 09
Oh, that would be terrible.
@royce22 (303)
• Philippines
4 Jan 09
Not yet. 'Coz he's just 1 month old today. Lol. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Baby Mikaili Cullen.. Love u!
• United States
5 Jan 09
Happy 1 month birthday!
@bfarrier1 (2083)
• United States
4 Jan 09
Yes they did and as you I was upset at first until I realized that they thought they had really done something wonderful so I just let it go and next time I watched very carefully while they were coloring.You have a great night.
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• United States
4 Jan 09
Yes, they do tend to think they have done something wonderful. I sometimes wonder if they think it will make you happy to see what they have done but instead it makes you mad. It is confusing for them I'm sure. Thanks for the comment!
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@CRSunrise (2964)
• United States
4 Jan 09
I think my daughter had written on her walls before. She hasn't done it since. Although, she has taken a stamp to our living room wall here recently.
• United States
4 Jan 09
I guess they are just trying to "pretty" things up for us, huh? Thanks for the comment!