i swear by cif :)

we invested in a low table and easel from ikea. any drawing/ craft work happens in that area. no tools leave that area too. those were the boundaries drawn for my then 2 year old.

that said, give them a pen/crayon/ brush/ marker they are like magnets to walls. i allocated time daily to do "wall art" with him. i would designate a wall in the home/ corridor and stick massive plain paper or plain cloth on them. stand back, let him choose his poison and watch him go nutters. it was therapeutic process for him as it is for me.

we'd keep the artwork, make cards, coasters, wrapping paper or postcards and send them to friends and family.

with that need to draw on surfaces kind of fulfilled, he didnt feel the urge to draw on any other wall.
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