True Confessions time. I was known to draw on walls when I was a kid.
Not only that, but I was actually encouraged to draw on the walls, by some very understanding adults who “got it” (in an era when it was not at all common for adults to “get it” – last century in the ’50s).
My playroom walls were fair game, and I was told that I was allowed to draw there whenever I wished – and not elsewhere in the house.
Kids Should Draw on Walls
Now, of course, we have washable paint, chalkboard paint, erasable boards, whiteboards that span a child’s entire universe. Grateful parents everywhere don’t have to worry if Johnny picks up a erasable crayon and graffiti flows across the walls of his bedroom (where allowed).
I think every kid should be able to paint his own bedroom, design her own playroom, help hang the whiteboards and figure out where the box of markers should go at night.
This gives them a sense of ownership of a space, in an environment where a kid really can’t own much.
Why Let your Kids Draw on Walls?
If you have young children, it establishes both creative outlets and set boundaries at the same time. I’m no child psychologist, but I wish more parents were in a position to give this gift to their kids early and often.
Oh, yes. I also learned how to clean pencil and crayon off walls – at about the same time that I learned to doodle on ’em. I needed telling two or three times to draw on walls in my own space, not those in the dining room and bathroom. Lesson learned – eventually!