Relax, take a deep breath - it's dry erase markers! We know, we had a mini-stroke too when we first saw this photo of Nikki's daughters happily doodling on her fridge and then we realized what a fantastic idea this was for kids of all ages.
Nikki, who writes WhiMSy Love, used the lure of writing on the fridge to encourage her daughters to practice their homework and she suggests using the fridge as a family message center or calendar (we're thinking grocery list, too). This might be a great way to keep younger kids occupied while you cook or clean the kitchen.
As a renter we were slightly hesitant to write on our fridge, but we tested a few small marks in a hard-to-see spot and we can report that it works like a charm. It's a simple yet brilliant idea which is making us feel slightly idiotic for, at this very moment, having a dry-erase board hanging on our fridge.