Its hard because one of Little Man's favorite things to do is color. Of course when the older 2 girls see him coloring they want to color too. Smunchkin can be trusted to color but if I try to just let her and Little Man color Monkey throws a huge fit.
I have tried giving Monkey colored pencils but she knows I am giving her something different and throws a fit about that too.
Not only does she color on everything but she eats them all, ALL!! She eats crayons and bites the tips off of markers and colored pencils. She has ruined 5 markers in the last 2 days alone. I buy crayons 2 and 3 boxes at a time only to have none a week later.
Art time is something I do to contain the older 2 so that I can try and get dishes, laundry or other cleaning done but its the reverse with Monkey.
I didn't realize just how bad the walls were today until I went to scrub them off. Little Man's 5th B-Day party is this Saturday and I didn't want our house to look like a big giant coloring book when people came over.
The markers are washable and come off so easily, the crayon you really have to scrub at and even then it just will not come off of some surfaces with vinegar and water alone. I am going to have to buy some dryer sheets or get some used from a friend (since we do not use dryer sheets in our house). If you wet a new or used dryer sheet it works just like a magic eraser to clean things like crayon off of doors.
Seriously, does anyone else's house look like this...
|the smooth door surfaces are impossible|
to scrub crayon off of. The marker came off
easily but not the crayon
|the crayon will not come off the shelves either|
one "colorful" mama,