We were so excited when the twins showed an interest in coloring. We started by giving them the backs of old papers to color on. Then we found a bunch of $1 coloring books at Wal Mart. Score! At that point, their love of coloring really grew.
They soon found out that the crayons work on other stuff, not just paper.
I was hoping to paint the walls in our apartment this summer. We’ve been living here for almost 6 years and the walls are beyond clean-able. Plus, that’s not how I want to spend my vacation. But in light of the new coloring craze, it might be best if we wait to paint the walls until the girls stop coloring on them!
It’s not just the walls that are getting a new look. They’ve drawn on the front of the oven, the dishwasher, cupboards, the table, the bathtub… Emily loves to read books, but she’s also been quietly defacing the pages of her board books with crayon when I think she is looking at the pictures! AND they discovered our drawer of office products. They’re now tall enough to reach the top drawers and counters in the kitchen. They don’t care much for any of the drawers except the one with all the pens and pencils. Which they used to mark up every available wall in the house at about 1 ½ feet high. They even got to the walls on the stairs!
We recently moved the pens and pencils to a new, out-of-reach spot. We now have only washable crayons. I’ve already had to do some purple-crayon-removal from the front of the oven, dishwasher, and cupboards. We keep a close eye on the girls when they have a crayon in their chubby little hand. As soon as one of them picks up a crayon, we remind her, “Paper! Get some paper!”, and she will toddle over to the shelf for a coloring book.
I mentioned in my post about twins talking how Emily really loves coloring. One sure-fire way to calm her when she is upset is to bring our some crayons and paper. Madeline will color, but only if you or Emily color with her. Thankfully, they have finally learned that crayons are for paper-and pens are a no-no!
I’m still debating on painting our place. It’s just over 1,000 sq. feet, so it wouldn’t take much time or money to paint it. Of course, we could just move… Either way, I think we have a couple of artists on our hands.