Back in 2012, Refe and Susan Tuma were up late with their one-year-old, who was having trouble sleeping through the night. They were exhausted, of course, but also feeling guilty about not doing enough fun things with their older kids. In a stroke of genius, Susan decided to prank their four- and five-year-old and arranged their plastic dinosaur toys in the bathroom sink and placed toothbrushes in their hands. "When my daughter, who was 4 at the time, came running into our bedroom, she said, 'The dinosaurs came to life in the middle of the night and they were brushing our teeth!'" Refe told Today.com. "We looked at each other, and we knew we had to run with it."
And by running with it, they ended up creating Dinovember, a monthlong game that's way more exciting than the one-night candy binge of Halloween. Each night in November, the creative couple create wild adventures for the dinosaurs -- everything from drawing on the walls to breaking into the pantry to making messy homemade volcanoes in the kitchen. And every morning, their delighted children bound out of bed, dying to see what madcap adventures their silly toys had overnight. (Side note: The Tumas may have come up with the best reason to postpone putting the toys away at night.)
Dinovember has been such a success that Refe and Susan have kept it going for two years now, and the game has even inspired other families to get into the spirit. To get the creative juices flowing -- and swap some pretty fantastic ideas with other families -- the Tumas regularly post the dinosaurs' handiwork on social media, and now, they've written a book about it, Today.com reports. What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night will be released October 28 and chronicles the creatures' hijinks with hysterical photos and even funnier captions. But don't take my word for it -- see a sampling below for yourself:
When Steggy's attempted header results in yet another 0-0 match, the dinosaurs' World Cup excitement is quickly deflated.
A shadow-puppet drama of Homeric proportions.
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All images courtesy of Dinovember via Facebook