A Kansas City couple has made it their mission to ensure that their kids' imaginations are alive and well as they dedicate November to making their children's toy dinosaurs come to life for the entire month that they call, Dinovember.
Parents Refe and Susan Tuma convince their kids that their inanimate toy dinosaurs are ransacking the house as they create a new scene for the mischief makers every night when the kids go to bed.
When the kids wake up, they are filled with excitement as they stumble upon what the dinosaurs were up to the night before, stoking the imaginations of their young children.
With scenes ranging from spray painting graffiti on the walls to ransacking the kitchen, it's clear that there isn't much these parents are not willing to do to make some entertaining scenes for their kids.
When asked why they do what they do, their answer was simple.
"In the age of iPads and Netflix, we don't want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world's questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs," they said.
Adding, "Childhood is fleeting, so let's make sure it's fun while it lasts."
Below are the photos from a few of their adventures and their captions along with it.
What do you think about these parents creation of Dinovember? Does it inspire you to do anything like this?
Every year, my wife and I devote the month of November to convincing our children that, while they sleep, their plastic dinosaur figures come to life.
It began modestly enough. The kids woke up to discover that the dinosaurs had gotten into a box of cereal and made a mess on the kitchen table.
The next morning, the dines had climbed onto the kitchen counter to raid the fruit bowl.
The morning after that, they had managed to breach the refrigerator and help themselves to a carton of eggs. "Uh-oh," we heard our girls whisper. "Mom and Dad are not going to like this."
Things quickly escalated from there. More often than not, the dines' antics were less than tidy. They are dinosaurs, after all.
To be fair, they did clean up after themselves from time to time.
Usually, though, the dinosaurs are just like anybody else-looking to have a good time.