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Parents Keep Their Kids’ Imaginations Alive with Creative ‘Dinovember’ Project

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Parents Refe and Susan Tuma aren’t big on Movember, at their house November is reserved for a different tradition: Dinovember. Documented in photos on the project’s Facebook page, the Tumas spend November keeping their kids’ imaginations alive by convincing them that every night, their dinosaur toys come to life and get into all sorts of trouble.

The tradition started last year, and their Facebook page now boasts almost 250K followers who love to see what the dinos got into last night.

At it’s most basic level, Dinovember is a whimsical photo series that makes for a fun way to spend November, but the Tumas are quick to point out that the point of the experiment goes beyond that. As they explain on Medium:

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.

Here’s a look at some of what the troublesome dinosaurs have gotten into this and last year:

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You can follow the rest of this year’s Dinovember adventures over on the Dinovember Facebook page by clicking here and find out more about the project at the Medium post here.

If you want to get more involved than that, Refe and Susan encourage you to join them! Do what they do, document all of the toys’ antics in photos, and post them to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (set to public) with the hashtag #dinovember.

We realize this isn’t a “pure photography” (see what we did there?) series like most we share. There’s no professional equipment involved or deep artistic meaning behind the photos. It’s just a creative idea, and we would love to see where some of the very capable photographic minds who read PetaPixel could take this. Ready? GO!

(via Laughing Squid)


Image credits: Photographs by Refe and Susan Tuma and used with permission


 
 
  • theJoeD

    This is wonderful. These parents know how to keep a child’s mind moving.

  • Matthew Neumann

    That’s pretty fun. How come some of the pics near the bottom of the article are so much lower quality than the others?

  • DLCade

    Not sure why that happen but thank you for pointing it out! We’ve fixed it.

  • Claire

    very good set designers :D

  • DaniGirl

    I love this and it totally belongs on PetaPixel – shows a lot more creativity than some posts I’ve seen!

  • http://www.praverb.net/ Praverb

    I love the creative thinking behind this story. Great work!