Have you stumbled across articles or photos of the latest viral sensation this November? No, this is a departure from Movember (the movement dedicated to growing a mustache throughout November)—I’m talking about #Dinovember, the brain child of writer Refe Tuma and his wife. What Tuma calls “a month-long imagination invasion” is really an elaborate game involving plastic dinosaurs, living room space, and an endless stream of pure creativity.
The concept is simple: Tuma and his wife arrange the plastic dinosaurs in various acts of mischief and fun while their children sleep. Using common household products, the scenes parody activities the children might find themselves performing during waking hours. But, of course, these are a tiny herd of plastic dinosaurs, so the fun is magnified and Tuma’s photographs perfectly capture the whimsy of each fantastic scene. Tuma reminds us how much fun it is to play make believe.
It doesn’t hurt that the dinosaurs are a comical group who love drawing on the walls and making a mess in the kitchen. What initially began as an essay on Medium turned into an official Dinovember Facebook page so others could follow along the fun throughout November. The page has 217,000 recorded likes just 19 days into the month.
Like so many tales before, Tuma tells us that “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.”
How can you not love the lengths to which a parent will go to entertain their children?
Tuma’s explanation of why he and his wife created Dinovember is simple:
Why do we do this? Because 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.
To follow the fun, visit Dinovember’s page here.