I got my 3 year old little girl art supplies for Christmas....

United States
December 27, 2010 3:00pm CST
She was always doodling in pen, markers, whatever she could get her hands on. The problem was, she would put her art on the walls. The walls we were renting. So I decided to get an easel, plenty of paper and keep her art contained to that. As an added measure of peace of mind, I got all washable art stuffs. So am I missing any other key elements of this phase? I am all for expressing her artistic ways, and want to let her interest flourish. What did you do to keep the creative juices flowing freely without running over to the walls?
5 responses
@pecito (304)
• Bulgaria
27 Dec 10
My daughter is 4 and I am afraid, writing, or drawing on the walls in my flat is inevitable. At least I own the place,but it's definitely not a nice view when guests drop by. Anyway, I paint the walls every year and I have been doing this procedure since she became 2 and started expressing her creative skills:)) I tried to make her draw in notebooks, on sheets of paper, and it still didn't work. So the option is to just paint the walls regularly.
• United States
27 Dec 10
Well my apartment is rented and they are going to be doing inspections. I already warned them of some of her ah artwork thats permanent until I get paint to match whats on the walls.
@louievill (19312)
• Philippines
27 Dec 10
What you did was right, you solved and prevented a problem without compromising your child's artistic talent when other parents would have just told their kid to cut it out without regard to their potential. I had a child who also wrote on the wall when he was younger, and he just outgrew it, especially when he already went to school and saw the proper way to do it. I think writing on wall is inherent in all of us, earliest men drew on walls of caves and great painters were muralists, painting church walls. Hope you took pictures of her wall art to show to her when she grows. up
• United States
27 Dec 10
I love when my kids create art. Their faces light up in a way thats extra special. She hasn't been able to leave her stuff alone since she got it. I got her all manners of art supplies I could find and afford. Finger paints, water colors, crayons, markers, colored pencils.... She being 3 of course gravitates to the paints. She HAS painted the walls once since getting her goodies though. I made her wash it off and explained that is what I got the paper and easel for. She hasn't tried to do it off there since then. Hopefully, this has curtailed this behavior once and for all.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Another thing that I think that is very important for children when they are expressing their artistic side is to remember that they need to be supervised. My son, just after he turned three years old, got a hold of some of his sisters markers and drew a very intricate design on the space between the fireplace and the mantle (with markers that aren't washable), this means that I will have to eventually repaint that area of the wall. I think had I been paying more attention to him that his art wouldn't have spilled over to the walls.
• United States
28 Dec 10
Just tell her that her art work needs to be on paoer so you can hang it on the refrigerator and walls are to belooked at but do not write on the walls that is what paper is for. get her a table and chairs and tell her this is where the art supplies goes and you need to do it all on paper. That is what i did for my daughter at 1 1/2 yrs old.
• United States
28 Dec 10
That is awesome! I am glad you are trying to do things that are helping to encourage her artistic drive. Maybe make a wall that is an "art wall" that you hang paper only on -- completed art projects!