Benjamin Rosenbaum

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Hm, that's funny. It's the same with Luke and I - the games change around, and the characters do as well. Popular are [some character from the movie Cars] and Luigi (with me as Luigi - a character from that movie); variants on Winnie-the-Pooh stories, with me often filling multiple roles; characters from Monsters, Inc. in wildly random configurations; characters from Dora the Explorer, also in wildly random configurations; characters from Thomas the Tank Engine.

A theory that I'm making up and exploring as I type this post is that the more familiarity Luke has with the source material, the more set the game parameters are. Frequently the Winnie-the-Pooh games involve Tigger and Eeyore meeting Winnie-the-Pooh for the first time (this improv is most assuredly Not Canon...), for instance, while the Dora games are pretty free-form.

Also, a number of these games involve playing with toys, so they're almost puppetry improv, and not simply improv. That doesn't work so well in the car, though, where these scenes frequently take place.

As an aside, when I was small, my usual daddy-time interaction was improvised stories, along the lines you described a couple years back with Aviva. One of the recurring characters in these stories, oddly enough was Stinkyfeet, who I believe was my avatar, but I could be recalling incorrectly...

Good to know I'm still up to no good ;)


Posted by Matt Hulan at September 27, 2007 09:58 PM

Role playing in our house:

** there is still a lot of 'family dinosaur' in which Daddy and Eli hide in their 'cave' (ie, under the covers on the parent bed) and refer to one another as 'Daddy T-Rex' and 'Baby T-Rex'. Often there is roaring and discussion of killing and eating various other types of dinosaurs because Baby T-Rex is hungry. Variations include being Apatasauruses (who have 3 fingers instead of 2).. and sometime Troodons (for when you want to be super smart).

** Super hero adventures.. in which Eli decides which super hero he is.. and which super villain you are. Best played with a friend visiting so you can have another super hero on your side.

** Bad Dragon - which involves the parents being 'bad dragons' and Eli and any attendent friends being various 'bad dragon fighters'


Posted by Jeanne at September 27, 2007 10:48 PM

Oh, crap, I knew it -- I'm not nearly entertaining enough to be a parent. Quick, tell me: what can I do to cover? And how long do I have before my acting repertoire becomes relevant?

(Only half joking.)

Posted by Dan Percival at September 28, 2007 02:06 AM

Dan, your kid will be the entertaining one, all you'll have to do is play along. It's awesome.


Posted by Matt Hulan at September 28, 2007 10:37 PM

What Matt said.

Posted by Benjamin Rosenbaum at October 2, 2007 05:08 AM

I knew that burping the alphabet would wear thin eventually; I just didn't realise how much time I would spend talking in funny voices. We used to play a game called traveler (no, not that traveler) where the children would pretend to be orphans and knock on my door and I would adopt them 'cause I loved 'em so much. Nice to know they would choose me if they had a choice. Hayleigh has grown out of those games... Except for the "mommiemonster" who sometimes chases them to bed :o)

On another note, would you like to buy some pharmaceuticals or have your loan approved?

Posted by susan at October 16, 2007 10:53 AM

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