Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Mighty Power of Butcher Paper

Mothers everywhere, rejoice!  Approximately 30 minutes of semi-unsupervised time was spent creating this butcher paper masterpiece, and all it took was some paper, tape and markers.  Skin, hair and even teeth were stained by the end, but the dishwasher got unloaded, the laundry got folded and a cup of coffee was enjoyed while clipping coupons.  It's a win-win, blue teeth notwithstanding.

Bug drew Hannah in the grass with some bees on the flowers.  Nicely done, Bug.

And here we have Dee, a budding artist.  She dabbles in abstract art.

And, apparently, body art.

Bexy here is working hard on his experiment entitled "how hard can you scribble with a pen before the tip smashes in".  The results: not that hard at all!  Huh!  Interesting!  Let's try it again!

"Hey, that camera lens looks a little dull."

"I think it could use some color."

"Just a liiiiittle touch of burnt sienna, riiiiiiiight....there!"

Right now, Dee is thinking about the color she just applied to her lips. 

"The texture is uncomfortably sticky."

"Nothing like Lip Smacker.  Hmm.  Disappointing"

"In fact, it's rather upsetting! Somebody help me!"

But Bug is happy to be covered in it.

High five, brother.


Heart2Heart said...


Love this. We actually used to have an Italian restaurant that had this covering the tables to keep us all busy. Where did you get the paper?

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Meghan said...

Oh man... you let your babes use markers!? You are a better woman than I. Poor Emy, she asks me just about every day to color with markers... I suppose I should loosen up and just let her go for it... we'll see.

Buckeroomama said...

Your kids are absolutely adorable!!

We have those same markers and our walls and sofa covers (and everywhere else!) have been "blessed" by strokes of genius. :)

LOVE, love, love butcher paper. My parents brought over a whole pad of them (size probably half of what you have there). My mom had glued on both sides, so that the paper would stay even when the kids draw and then after they finish, we could just tear off the top page and they get a fresh page at the bottom. We're running out... have to go get some fresh ones soon.

Muthering Heights said...

It looks like FUN!!!

Hopefully, with bath time right after! :)

Alice said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!
Cannot believe how much you got done AND took such cute pics!! xxx

Debbie said...

Oh yes, love it! Bless the person who invented washable markers (they were washable right?)

Lois Christensen said...

When my daughter was about the age of your older daughter, someone gave us a huge roll of this paper also. It was a life saver. She would spend hours drawing and painting. Great pictures!

golonghorns said...

Love this, have done this trick myself. You are so brave for letting 3 make a mess at one time. Love the artwork by Bug!

Brings back memories as my Mom used to get old rolls of paper from the newspaper for us to color on when we were kids.

Thanks for your sweet compliment on my sewing and encouraging my etsy idea! I am still planning to give it a go, after baby arrives and gets a bit older obviously :)

Unknown said...

Seriously, how do you get through the day without laughing yourself silly over all this cuteness?? : )

They are growing so fast and thriving which makes me so happy to see! Thanks for a good dose of Benham cuteness I was beginning to suffer major withdrawal symptoms!

Be well ~Andrea~

Ingrid_3Bs said...

Those are terrific photos! They did a great job on their drawings. So sweet. I have to tell you I love Dee's curls.

I need some of that paper! Where did you get it?

Flat Creek Farm said...

So great to see a post from you.. you were missed! :) You have the most fun household ever. How adorably messy.. love it! -Tammy

teamkyte said...

I will do just about anything for free time :)I think I might have to start buying the classroom pack of markers though - we only get a few uses out of them with the twins!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

I wish I had been invited. I love to color. And I would have eaten the marker with Dee. Just 'cause!

Nice to have you back, again! Now, go enjoy your kids :)

xo, misha

Amanda said...

Love it!

monica said...

I have some butcher paper maybe I should try that! Oh the mess, that the kids made looks like so much fun for them!! I love how you captured every picture! Great times!

Catherine Anne said...

Made me smile BIG~
Thank you so much for your prayers this week~

Dandy said...

Can I just say that I awww'ed before I even opened up the post because the site of Bug in her polka dot pjs was just too much to handle.

My mom always has a roll of butcher paper around. We drew on that stuff for years... from scribbles to posters in college.

CottageGirl said...

Great activity for all of your cuties! They truly enjoyed it and you got so much accomplished! Win-Win!

They are getting sooooooo big and even more adorable!

Diana Ferguson said...

So Brave! So Cute! Good to hear from you.

InWeighOverMyHead said...

GREAT idea!!!

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Lots of fun going on over at your house....what a great mommy you are!


Unknown said...

What a brilliant mother you are! The only question I have is....where are you displaying that giant piece of artwork? LOL

Cutie-pie kids doing cute stuff...nothing better than that!