With this new understanding of what’s going on around us, Mr. Man is learning cause and effect and creating fun new games to play with his family members. And these games require so little, I’m seriously reconsidering all the Christmas presents I’ve already purchased.
Here are some of my favorites:
One time when my husband was reading to Little Miss at bedtime, Mr. Man started banging his hands on the pages. My husband turned on a funny accent and told him, “Excuse me! You cannot touch the book. I cannot read in these conditions.” Well, Mr. Man thought this was just about the funniest thing he had ever heard (I guess it very well could have been) and now bangs on all books being read until that exact phrase is uttered. In the accent. My version has a sad sort of Spanish sound.
Oh what fun it is to take off in a crawling sprint and rip Little Miss’s nightlight out of the outlet with the force of the Hulk. Electrocutions be damned, this game is the best! Bonus points if you get mommy to pull you over and over again by your feet across the carpet to keep you away from the outlet.
So I have this thing in my mouth most of the time and if I throw it, people always seem to give it back. You know what? If I keep this up, it might actually prevent me from falling asleep. Sounds like a plan.
Paci toss, bath edition
This one is the one that always makes me smile. While Little Miss gets clean in the tub, Mr. Man stands by the side, removes his pacifier from his mouth and throws it in the tub. He anxiously awaits his big sister’s response and she never lets him down. She retrieves the paci and either puts it back in his mouth or holds it out for him to grab, and throw back in. It’s probably not the most sanitary game, but they both find it totally hilarious and laugh like crazy.
Mommy can crawl?
For some reason, if I crawl on the floor, both kids squeal in delight and crawl around in drunken circles. They aren’t chasing me, they are just also crawling, and screaming. I don’t understand this game at all, but it is a huge hit and passes the time in that terrible pre-dinner part of the day. So if you don’t know what to do with your kids on a rainy day, there you have it. Crawl on the floor. Works in our house.