Encouraging artistic talent in young children is great, as long as their latest masterpiece doesn’t end up on your walls. Kids can treat the world as their canvas, which can cause stress for you as you crouch down to scrub away the scribbles. Wouldn’t it be great if your kids had a designated area to let their inner Picasso out? We’re here to say that letting your kids draw on walls could result in fun art memories for them and a lot less stress for you.
You may be worried that if you let your kids draw on one surface, they’ll draw on all of them. Before you set your kids up with a wall space for art, be sure to explain the difference between surfaces that are okay for their art, and surfaces that are not. It’s also a good idea to explain that while your home may have drawable walls, other homes might not. Letting your kids know this is a special privilege will help teach them responsibility and consequences should they not follow the rules. Now let’s look at some options for letting your kids draw on walls.
Chalkboard paint has come a long way since the standard green and black colour options of your schooling days. Today, there are countless colours available, one of which is sure to fit your colour scheme. You could experiment with a checkerboard look using different colours, or keep it traditional. Whichever colour you choose, chalkboard paint is a great option for letting your kids draw on the walls.
The great thing about chalkboard paint is that you can determine the size and shape of the area you want your kids to work on. Since chalk is the only material that will work on a chalkboard wall, you don’t have to worry about the rest of your walls or flooring below. Your younger kids can have fun drawing while older kids can practice school work or play teacher with their friends.
Whiteboard at Home
No longer are whiteboards just for the boardroom. You can now purchase both whiteboard strips that adhere to walls and whiteboard paint. Adding some whiteboard paint to a communal space, such as the kitchen, can be beneficial to both you and your little artist. You could use the top space of the wall for grocery and to-do lists, while your child takes up the bottom half of the wall to doodle their latest creation. Another added bonus is that you can purchase washable whiteboard markers so there’s no fear of mess outside of the designated area.
Another great option that doesn’t involve repainting is to put paper directly on the walls. You can use the same brown paper that is often found on restaurant tables for kids to draw on. This paper is sometimes referred to as ‘kraft paper roll’ and can be purchased in large quantities for a fairly small price from your local office supplies store. You can either tear a new piece each time one is full or install a wall mounted paper roll holder so your kids and rip it off themselves. This is a great option if you want to save the artwork created by your kids.
Another option is to use old brown paper bags. Simply cut them up and tape them to your walls. Again, while this isn’t the most convenient option, it’s great if you’re looking to reduce, reuse and recycle your old bags.
Last but not least, you can quickly and easily turn any wall into a gallery by installing a piece of plexiglass. One very simple way to do this is to insert a white sheet of paper into a picture frame and replace the standard glass with plexiglass. You can then hang it on the wall for your kids to start creating art. You can use regular glass, however, there is the worry about it breaking and injuring your kids. You can also look for other treated glass options and use the same method of framing them.
If you want to install a plexiglass sheet on your wall, this will allow your children to create all sorts of fun art projects. From markers to paints and tissue paper, there is lots of potential to get creative on a plexiglass wall. The clean up is easy too, simply wipe it away when your child is ready to create a new masterpiece.
Now that you know some of your options, the only thing left to decide is if you’re willing to let your kids draw all over your walls. Whatever option you decide to go with, you can always find a home service pro on HomeStars to help you with your project. If hanging a wall mounted paper roll holder or installing plexiglass are tasks you don’t want to do yourself, consider hiring a handyman to help you out. You can quickly and easily get quotes for any project you may need help with by clicking here. Enjoy your new art installations!
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