Toy dinosaurs romp at night through parental magic

Geek parents go all "Night at the Museum" with their kids' toy dinosaurs, turning November into Dinovember.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Dinosaurs get into eggs
With no toy prey to feast on, the dinos settle for eggs. Refe Tuma

Refe Tuma and his wife are the architects of a grand mystery that has their children waking up to a new wonder every morning in the month of November. While the kids are asleep, the parents place plastic toy dinosaurs in entertaining positions, making it look like they came alive when nobody was watching.

It turns out toy dinosaurs are a bit unruly as house guests. They tend to get up to antics like invading the fruit bowl, pulling eggs out of the fridge, drawing on the walls, and throwing little dino-parties.

The mini-dinos aren't always naughty. They have taken time to do some audio recording, photography, and portrait painting. They even did the dishes once, ending up in a massive pile of suds during the process.

The reaction from the kids has ranged from concern over the dinosaurs making messes to admiration for the toys' craftiness with creating tin-foil armor for themselves.

Tuma explains the thinking behind the toy escapades. "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," he writes.

You can follow along with the dinosaur invasion on the Dinovember Facebook page. Even better, you can join in with the illusion. Tuma encourages other parents to participate and share their photos on Twitter with the hashtag #dinovember. Rawr.

Toy dinosaurs iced over
The Ice Age has returned. Refe Tuma

(Via The Frisky)