I have two kids - a girl aged 9 and a boy aged 6 - and over the years, I’ve found that they really, REALLY like it when I play ‘stupid’ clown games; stuff like:
One of them is sitting in the bath, playing absent-mindedly with a floating duck or something; I’m sitting on the (closed) lid of the toilet and I take off one of my carpet slippers and hold it to my ear like a telephone handset - I then mock my side of an imaginary conversation. Before long, the kid looks up and starts trying to tell me it’s a shoe, not a phone, but I’ll keep cutting them short, saying please would they be quiet when I’m making an important call (maybe also doing the Dr Evil ‘zip’ or the Ruby Rod ‘ZZZzzZZZ’ thing); eventually, the whole thing builds to a crescendo and I let them finish the sentence; “DAD! look at it! It’s a SHOE!”.
I nonchalantly look at the shoe, then jump and exclaim in mock surprise, throwing the shoe into the air. Fits of laughter.
Then I’ll try to put my slipper back on my foot, but the wrong awy around; they’ll shout 'no, no! turn it round! - the other way!". I dutifully rotate the slipper, but the wrong way or on the wrong axis and continue to fruitlessly try to put it back on - their instructions get more and more urgent and detailed, to no avail. They love it.
Or there’s the wilful misunderstanding;
“Look dad, elephants!”/“What? Where? I can’t see them - Ohhh, they must be behind those big animals over there”
Or the non-sequitur/nonsense word; we have a number of favourite words (such as ‘bean’, ‘pie’, ‘cake’), plus a non-existent one - the favourite at the moment - ‘snid’.
The trick here is to insert one of these words into a real-world context without any warning at all, for example, we were at the beach the other day and there was a lot of pointing and showing of shells, seaweed, a dead cuttlefish, rocks, etc. After a while, I called them over to me, shouting excitedly “Hey, have a look at this!”; as they ran over to look, I shielded the indicated area by squatting in front of it with my back turned toward them, so that they had to come right over before they could see that I was pointing at the word ‘snid’, which I had written in the damp sand.
Do you play these sort of games with your kids? Or is it just me?