I found this post in my drafts folder. I had completely forgotten about it and this game, but now that I read back on it, I actually WANT to have Special Time tonight (“Special Time” being when the kids and I play together).
My daughter loves to pretend. Me: not so much. I’m too lazy and jaded for pretend, so every play session with Butterbean turns into a personal challenge to amuse myself while moving as little as possible. I am always THRILLED when I come up with a game that makes me laugh and allows me to be lazy.
My new favourite game is “Actor”. Butterbean likes it when I make her stuffed animals talk, so I make one of them a movie director, and I pretend that Butterbean is an actress. First, I coach her on her role. “You’re going to be a spy. I want you to pretend to be sneaky and hide behind the laundry hamper. Then I want you to jump out and punch a bad guy in the face!” Then I say “3, 2, 1, Action!” and she plays her part (she’s adorable). Then, in my most obnoxious “director” voice I tell her how great she was (“You were woooooonderful, dahling! I really felt like I was in Russia!”… or whatever), and get her do to the part again, only maybe more sneakily or loudly or I tell her to flail her arms around a little more or something.
Seriously, it’s the best game ever. I can get her to do any number of hilarious things, and it gets us through Special Time without me checking the clock every few minutes.