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This is Ridiculous, This is Amazing

I’m not a parent, but everyone who interacts with children needs a list of these…

Games You Can Play While Lying Down

by Jason Good, in the excellent book This is Ridiculous, This is Amazing

  1. Put All the Sunglasses and Hats on Daddy
  2. Take off Daddy’s Socks
  3. Put Mommy’s Socks on Daddy
  4. Try to Lift Daddy
  5. Put the Cats on Daddy
  6. Wind Monster (Just blow on them. If you really commit, you might pass out and that’s the same as sleeping.)
  7. Human Body Tower
  8. Pull Daddy Around on a Sleeping Bag
  9. Breath-Holding Competition
  10. Daddy’s a Giant Conga Drum (Think of it as accupressure therapy.)
  11. Daddy’s a Guitar (Make sure kids’ fingernails are clipped. Also, no picks.)
  12. Put Daddy in “Sofa Jail”
  13. Pretend We’re Sleeping Cats!
  14. Decorate Daddy’s Jeans with Sidewalk Challk
  15. Put Makeup on Daddy
  16. Turn Daddy into a Burrito (a.k.a. “The Mummy”; requires a beige flat sheet and patience)
  17. Pretend to Eat Daddy (no utensils)
  18. Vacuum Daddy
  19. Embalm Daddy

If you’re not familiar with this book, I recommend you become so immediately. I bought it for one of the families I nanny for when they had their second child, and I was told they had to put it down because the mom’s belly laughter was making her stitches hurt.

photo via Chronicle Books

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