Make Magic at Home: Dinovember, Elves, Fairies, & Googly Eyes

Dinovember has taken the internet by storm. One couple's decision to bring their kids' plastic dinosaurs to life every November has me thinking about what it means to make a little magic at home.

Dad Refe Tuma and his wife stage fantastical scenes starring a trove of plastic dinosaurs around their home each November. He explains the motivation behind "Dinovember": (See more wonderful photos here).

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.

Childhood is fleeting, so let's make sure it's fun while it lasts.
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There are abundant opportunities to create magic and mystery at home. Many families are gearing up for Elf on the Shelf season (and this winter he has a Jewish counterpart, the Mensch on a Bench).

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We've documented our longstanding love of fairy doors and fairy gardens, and many of our favorite kids' projects and spaces bring magic home. Still, it can be daunting.

It doesn't always have to be a major undertaking. The opportunities are everywhere and can be as easy or labor-intensive as you want, as long as they are fun for everyone. The song "Googly Eyes" by Caspar Babypants offers a great reminder. It was in heavy rotation here when I picked up a bag and started putting them on stuff around the house.

It never gets old.

(Image credits: Refe Tuma; Mark Baylor under CC BY 2.0; Cindy Funk under CC BY 2.0)

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