My toddler is 15 months old and starting to get interested in coloring with Crayons. Unfortunately, when I set down a piece of paper or canvas for him to color on, he thinks it is more fun to rip it up or shake it. One day after feeding Alex in his high chair, I was trying to let him color and he accidentally marked on the high chair tray. I always keep baby wipes around while feeding my son because he is quite the mess maker, so I immediately reached over and grabbed one to see if the Crayon would wipe off easily. To my surprise, the Crayon mark came off with no problem! I handed my son some Crayons, took away the paper and let him have fun. Once he was ready to get out of his high chair to run around and play, I used baby wipes and wiped off the marks. As hard as he pressed and as many lines as he made, I was sure that it would take quite a while to wipe up. Other than a few spots where there had already been scratches in the tray, it all came off with 3 baby wipes and only took a couple minutes.
One disadvantage of letting your little one color on the high chair tray rather than a piece of paper is that in order to preserve the artwork you have to take a picture. Occasionally I buy a poster board or painting canvas for my son to draw on since it is thicker than paper and much easier for a toddler to handle. As often as he likes to color, that does get expensive. Having a high chair already, I did not have to spend anything on canvas or paper for my son to color on.
Experiment a little:
Next to test out will be dry erase markers or washable markers on the high chair tray. Crayons do not mark on clothing or a child’s skin very easily, so with my son being just 15 months old they are our favorite coloring choice right now.
Take the high chair outside to your porch or yard for a change of scenery. My son loves when his high chair is on the front porch and he can watch cars go by. He can hear the birds and use all sorts of senses all at once! Once he is a little older, I will point to objects outside and teach him to draw them.
Create decorations by getting your little one to color all over the surface of a dresser, cabinet, table or other household object and cover it with lacquer or clear coat paint to preserve the art. You’ll have a unique piece that is functional, artistic and a great memory piece!