With very young children, it's best to set the rules early. With parents that I work with, I find that limits and boundaries help with many things, including coloring! Decide when the caryons and paper come out. Don't leave them out to be accessed at any time. If you do that, you may find that you child is coloring or everything but the paper! Certainly leave them close enough for the child to point to or ask for if they want to color. You can spead paper out on the floor. Just anything big if you do it that way! If they're on the floor, supervise them to help them learn to color on the paper only. If you aren't comfortable with that, have them sit at their table or your kitchen table. Supervise them until they learn that they need to color on the paper only. Set your rule early about not walking around with crayons. You get screaming when you try to take the crayon. Put it with the paper. They'll learn!
at 12:17 PM on Oct. 15, 2010