Children are often ready and willing to believe the most amazing possibilities. Popular movies like Toy Story tap into the child-like belief that, when people aren’t paying attention, toys can come to life.
While adults know such a thing can’t happen, the faith of children leaves the door open for some really creative pranks. Just ask Refe and Susan Tuma, the parents behind a dinosaur toy prank that went viral!
In November 2013, Refe shared his annual tradition with Twitter. Every November — dubbed “Dinovember” — Refe and Susan would make it seem like their kids’ toy dinosaurs were alive… and very mischievous!
Of course, it took a little effort. The couple would come up with ideas together and sneak through the house at night to pull it off.
Together, the sneaky parents created all kinds of messy scenes for their kids to marvel at. With the help of this mom and dad, the dinosaurs went fishing…
…and found themselves trapped in a chocolately “tar pit,” just to name a few of their “Dinovember” scenarios.
But why go through so much trouble? This explanation says it all really:
“In an 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 is 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.
Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.”
Once the concept of “Dinovember” began to spread, parents and teachers started having all kinds of fun pranking children.
#Dinovember day 30. Catch up as Mumma got her phone back! The #dinosaurs had created an #obstaclecourse !#dinovember2017 #dinosaur #dino #toydinosaur #toydinosaurs #dinosaurtoy #ilovedinosaurs #dinosaursrule #dinosaursrock #dinosaursoftwitter #whatthedinosaursdidlastnight pic.twitter.com/la9wSwvk0e
— Mumma and Baba (@mummababa1) December 14, 2017
And leaving kids to figure out how to bring these troublesome dinosaurs under control.
— Keira Oliver (@EllaRove) November 24, 2017
Although it doesn’t always work.
Yesterday the kids decided that the best way to stop all the #Dinovember trouble was to tape them up in a box. They were pretty ticked when they saw the mess this morning. #think35 #todayinkindergarten pic.twitter.com/NlMUUgE2Nn
— Vanessa Steunenberg (@vsteunenberg5) November 23, 2017
But then sometimes, particularly clever children can catch on to the fact that “Dinovember” isn’t exactly real.
— Liz (@eliesheva) January 5, 2018
“Dinovember” is a cute concept and we hope this annual tradition that inspires children’s imaginations and sense of wonder continues.
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