When I was a kid, I used to wonder if my dolls came to life. I would imagine that they would have their little tea parties and trade stories about how much fun they had when I played with them… or plot their escape from the walls of my bedroom. Or wait… until I was asleep so they could tie me to my bed somehow and hold me down while the biggest doll would stab me in the eye or bite off big chunks of my body with razor sharp teeth (I know. Morbid, right?). But mostly, I would imagine them having tea parties. It wasn’t until I saw Trilogy of Terror or Magic, that I started imagining a doll coming to life to kill me. I digress.
After seeing movies like Toy Story, I’m sure most of our kids have wondered the same thing, “Do my toys come to life when I’m asleep or not around?” and “What do they do?” Here’s a practical how-to guide to help them figure it out for themselves.
I am guilty of making up stories about toys coming to life when the kids weren’t around, but I think I made it fun. When Andrew lost a toy, I’d tell him “Oh he probably just went out to visit one of the other toys next door” or “Maybe he got tired of you leaving him in the bathtub, so he left. He’s probably hiding under your bed.”
What do/did you tell your kids? Did or do you feed into the fantasy that toys come to life with some elaborate story?