“Don’t write on the walls!”
Well, why not? Kids’ spaces, whether it’s your little one’s bedroom, a play area for your home daycare, or just a place for the grandkids to hang out, should encourage imagination and creativity. And yes, that may even include writing on the walls!
However, before you set the kids loose with a box of crayons, here are a few ideas to try:
1. Chalkboard paint – The things they do with paint now! Yes, if you have a few hours to spare, you can transform a bare wall in your home into a chalkboard, so the kids can create, erase, and create some more…
2. Chalkboard paint alternative – If you don’t feel like painting, but still like the idea of a chalkboard, you can also pick up peel and stick chalkboard panels. For ideas check out WallCandy® Arts – they make standard rectangular chalkboard panels, as well as other shapes, including circles and jungle animals (yes, elephants, giraffes, and even hippos).
3. Dry erase boards – If your children are a little older, and you feel “safe” entrusting them with markers, consider installing a dry erase board. Create, erase, and create some more – this time without the chalk dust.
4. Magnetic paint – There’s more than one way to add an interactive element to those bare walls, and magnetic paint is another ingenious alternative. Unfortunately, most common refrigerator magnets do not work well on magnetic paint. Use flexible rubber sheet magnets instead. The kids can even make their own magnetic shapes after a quick trip to the hobby store. Also, if you can’t decide between chalkboard paint and magnetic paint, check out Magnamagic(TM), one of the more popular magnetic wall paint manufacturers, for magnetic chalkboard paint.
5. Felt board walls – Felt boards are popular with toddlers and preschoolers, and it’s easy to make one yourself. Using spray adhesive, affix a large piece of felt or flannel to thin plyboard, then anchor securely to the wall. You can then purchase pre-made felt shapes or if you are feeling crafty, make your own.