Dinosaur park photos with surprise guest

California state-wide quarantine has kept us home for days except for the occasional walk to the mailbox or Chris going to the grocery store. Yesterday kids and I ventured out to a local park for some fresh air, exercise, and sunshine. I couldn’t bear to play another round of Bakugan trading cards or the newly-concocted junior version Elliot made up so his sister could play.

These days we’re learning to appreciate what was taken for granted and to reaffirm gratefulness for the big and small things.

For our nature walk, we took silly pictures of dino figures roaming the wild.

Finally, our surprising guest to wrap up today’s nature experience:

This furry critter poking his head out to munch on leaves. Made us jump for different reasons: kids, delighted; me, startled and afraid.

Dinosaurs have become our household pets

Dinosaurs galore! They roam our house.

Plastic and plush dinosaurs, of all sizes and facial expressions, are loved by my kids. The plastic ones have frightening expressions with bloody claws and sharp teeth.  I understand that they need scary looking ones to play the villainous role, but it’s hard to understand their fascination with it, especially for someone like me who only played with dolls and stuffed animals.

When we browse the dinosaur aisle of toy shops, they pick the scariest looking dinosaur and say, “oh, isn’t it so cute?” When they say this, I look at them in disbelief as if they just arrived from another planet.  However, I wonder if these ferocious dinosaurs symbolize fears they have and if thinking they are cute is a way to minimize those fears.

On some days, the kids line up a bunch of herbivores to pretend that the herd is migrating from one room to another. This is laborious work because each dinosaur is moved by hand little by little over time to show that they are really traveling as a herd.

However, the migration is not always smooth: surprise attacks by carnivores or lost baby triceratops that need to be found. This job calls for the Parasaurolophus to sound their horns to notify the whole herd. They save the villain roles for me.

Sometimes kids’ playing is hard to understand but to them it makes all the sense in the world.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” 

–  Fred Rogers

 

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Christmas eve dinosaur wedding hosted by Ellis and Elliot