Doodles Here, Scribbles There: Made KIKO so "TECHIER"

When KIKO turned 2, he developed an overwhelming interest in colors.  He was able to recognize primary colors: red, yellow and blue as well as secondary: orange, green and violet ( purple as he calls it ) through watching BabyTV, channel 48 on Destiny Cable TV.  He also knew most of the alphabet.

Now, he's almost 3 and because of his intense curiosity and fondness over the colors' visual characteristics, he finds a way to express that inherent learning instinct through scribbling on the floor, doodles on the door, and even if I put those permanent markers out of his reach... he still looks for means to get them.  Sometimes, we argue about it and he will start to cry.

I was doing some chores when Beth, our house help suddenly uttered in shock:

"Oh my God!"

I hurriedly approached them and saw these scripts on the puzzle mat:


Exhibit A on Doodles Here, Scribbles There: Made KIKO so "TECHIER"


Beth tried to erase the marks using a wet rag with bleach. All efforts have exerted but to no avail. The damage has been done and I almost lost control of my emotions but I thought of something I learned from one of Oprah's episode that it's normal for toddlers like my Kiko to draw on walls so I held back my displeasure reaction and just stared at them realizing that he already learned to write letters A, O and C.  The anger was replaced by pride and joy.

Another incident happened when out of nowhere Kiko got hold of the markers again. I thought he would just go to his Kuya Kurt's room and join him there but to my surprise again, his Kuya burst out saying this:

" Hala! Mama!"

I went to see what's wrong and this time, it's graffiti on the door:


Exhibit B on Doodles Here, Scribbles There: Made KIKO so "TECHIER"


I just thought to myself... this door needs a repaint.  I noticed a chair beside the bookshelf and that chair made a perfect accomplice. He pulled a chair and used it as a stepping stool to reach the drawer where I keep the markers. Young as he is, he got strategy.

I further read articles in the internet regarding this matter and I've come to see the advantages of kids scribbling on walls. Parents should always know by heart every milestone that their children had gone through and going through because, learning starts from HOME.

Kindly take note of these important reminders:
  • Toddlers are amazed by the sound of pounding crayons and the magic of brightly colored markers scribbled by themselves to a certain wall.
  • They are delighted to feel the texture of lines and curves they make. They develop independent thinking because a scribbling kid knows no bounds.
  • They should not be prohibited to use crayons and markers. Such refusal brings negative effect on their sense of self-worth.
  • Scribbling develops their finger-control and eye-hand coordination.
  • Through scribbling, kids have the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings without restrictions.
  • Although our walls may look ugly, those damages can be regarded as arts made by young hands.  Those marks show normal brain development of our children. Without the urge to scribble means retardation.

So far, these two portions of the house are affected by Kiko's scribbling activity.  I bought him a set of crayons and color pencils together with two coloring activity books so, I may be rest assured that no other places in the house that will turn to be his next suspect.


His self confidence is just amazingly over the top

Kiko, learning how to play the guitar






Kiko learned to use the computer at an earlier age compared to my other two children, Lizette who is 16 and Kurt who is turning 13 this April. It seems that letting him scribble help him to be well-oriented in the digital world.  He adapts to modern technology effortlessly.

We can see how the internet and the worldwide web can change people's lives... more so on the lives of today's young generation. As technology goes on with extremely high speed so as the society.  There's a great impact in our way of thinking and day to day living.  Computers, either desktop, laptops or tablets and alike are more useful to the youth especially when connected to the internet.

My children, especially Kiko finds it easy to learn new things just by himself but of course, with my proper guidance.


33 comments:

  1. Awwwww... such a pleasure to read this post about your son. He is growing up to be a smart boy!

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  2. cute! love all the doodlees on the door! hahaha

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  3. Doodles =) We had those here too but never solved the mystery who did it lol

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  4. I suggest an easel. I have those for my kids not just to make them not doodle on walls but to encourage them to draw :)

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  5. I can relate on this one, my daughter has been doing this for quiet a while now :D

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  6. nyahaahah!!! our babies at home are like this also..heheh...

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  7. I can remember myself doing things as Kiko did. My mom was always angry with me and my sister for writing on walls. But then, mom gave us some leeway and allowed us to write ONLY on a specific wall on our bedroom. That was our paradise! Hehehe!

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  8. Wooa! Ayaw ko talaga ng ganyan pero wala ako magagawa kasi nadaanan natin yan :D I hope Kiko won't draw anywhere now :D Nice video and record his milestone :)

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  9. When I was I kid, I also love scribbling. Haha. We have our own blackboard at home plus plenty of chalk.

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  10. My daughter has a surprise for me she was drawing the gas fire I mean the marble of the fire. Oh wow that is beautiful, but that is not the right thing and place for drawing. She just turn 2 at that time. I told her that if you need a clean paper just ask and please do not use you crayons on the wall, on the floor, table and etc. Only in the colouring book and papers. Since then she never ever do it again. So please! She's nearly 3 and has her own Dora Laptop for educational purposes.

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  11. haven't encounter this one on my son, and he actually don't use his crayons until now

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  12. let him be... let him express himself.. it will pay off when he grows up and be artistically inclined....

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  13. I don't have kids yet but I have my nephews and nieces, I just transferred to my new house and my 3 yrs old niece put her artwork in my newly painted table and door! UrgH! But I love her dearly we just repainted it again.. ;)

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  14. We got trouble before with our landlord because my daughter loves to stick her paper stickers on the wall and doors. She even draw a circle pattern on the wall using a red permanent marker. Kids do come up with these naughty things but our role as a parent is to guide and teach them for them to learn whats best to do. Its just natural for your boy to do those things and Im very pleased that you got a very clever son. Cheers to that! :)

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  15. my kids also had scribbles in our home there in the phils. i would know who's the culprit because they wrote their names. and yeah, i didn't get angry too when they did those on our walls coz i knew they just practice what they learned in their preschool. hehe..

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  16. your kid might be a rascal at times but those were his stages of learning. Let him be and support him in every positive way :))

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  17. I was weighing what my reaction would be if ever I will see my kid drawing anywhere in the house. Then I realized, maybe the reason I will never be a father is because I have patience as little as an atom.

    You are such a great parent. Continue with it and just see how our boy transforms over the years.

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  18. A very good parent you are! Continue to support your child's interests and I'm sure he will be a great person someday.

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  19. Doodles everywhere is just but normal if you have kids in the house. :) Way to go Kiko.

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  20. my son when he was 3, scribbled all our walls just after 1 week of being newly painted. and the worst part, he scribbled on my LCD TV too using a pointed screw.

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  21. i can relate to your post because kiko is just like my son. i also have a post about my "little muralist". =) until now, we are still thinking if we will repaint our walls na or wait pa ng konti.

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  22. galing galing ni Kiko! best siguro buy ka flipchart o doodling pad.. tapos teach him do's and don'ts -house rules ba or best yet, if ok lang, then tell him ung one room lang sa house ang art wall nya! until ma learn nya ung reason behind the rules ... great job mom! :)

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  23. I'm so glad to have read this post.. :D I don't have kids yet pero baka di rin ako matuwa if my child would endlessly doodle and scribble on walls and even doors. Pero really, ganun din naman ako dati.. hahaha.. Thanks for sharing Kiko's scribbling story and your insights.. :) Super helpful 'to when I have my own kids na in the future.

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  24. Oh my! I'm getting worried that my daughter would doodle our entire home. XD

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  25. i enjoyed reading this post. our youngest is 7 now, but, still, the marks of her drawings which i have painstakingly tried to erase were still visible on our doors, walls, hayzzz.

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  26. Wow! Talented kid! :)

    Naku, ganun rin ang mga pamangkin ko. Mahilig magsulat sulat sa walls ng bahay nila. Pati nga yung floor, pero good thing sa floor, madaling makuha ang sulat ng crayons and etc.. Kaso pag sa dingding na, ayun.. wala na. Eh bago pa naman ang bahay nila.. Konting restraint lang pina-practice ni sis-in-law.. Mga ganung edad daw kasi, mahilig talagang magdraw ang mga mata.

    Binilhan lang ng drawing set.. ayun, nawili na sila. lol..

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  27. amazing what our kids learn from us.. greatness really starts at home..
    leira of echusera.com

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  28. yeah just look at the brighter side, he learned to write alphabets and be resourceful...

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  29. Signs of creativity and initiative. Smart kid!

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  30. Hey, he might be the next MichaelAngelo. You'll never know right *)

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  31. Kids easily learn these days. My 2 year old daughter also loves to draw and color. And yes, I agree, they need our proper guidance.

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  32. Ang galing ni kiko. :) Talented talaga =))))

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  33. Amazing Kiko!!Super talented!! :))

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