My kid spends a lot of time playing with fire.
Pretty sure he’s obsessed.
Fire balls, fire breathing dragons, fire trucks, fire fighters.
He digs all of that.
So much in fact that, if he wasn’t actively pretending to extinguish all of his own pretend fires, I might be a tad bit concerned about the possibility that he may actually be a pretend pyromaniac.
But, I believe that he’s just using fire as a way to perform acts of heroism, which is what he really enjoys: being a hero. In the face of fire.
Sometimes, he even runs downstairs in the morning (after dressing, making his bed, and brushing his teeth, a ritual he insists on upholding no matter what) and yells, “MOM MY BED IS ON FIRE! WE GOTTA GET OUT!”
Good parent that I am, I remind him that
being a liar is bad crying wolf is not a safe way to play. And then, usually, we run upstairs and pretend to throw buckets of water on it until it’s out. Or, sometimes, I’ll throw him outside on the porch and tell him to wait there until the firemen come. That was funny for him the first time.
Recently we received this awesome V-Tech Switch and Go Dinosaur to try out…
It does NOT actually breathe fire.
But, he likes to pretend that it does. He calls it his fire breathing dragon car.
And he spends literally hours sitting in the playroom incinerating his other toys with it.
And then, he takes it outside and fire balls stink bugs, and slugs, and worms that he finds in the yard.
Sometimes, he transforms it and then it becomes a fire cannon car.
The car doesn’t actually have fire or cannons on it either.
But, since he can transform it himself without crying or begging for my help, I don’t even care.
Matter of fact, now that I think about it, I don’t even think I bothered to tell him that it’s not a dragon. An hour of uninterrupted work courtesy of the non-fire-breathing-non-fire-canon-non-dragon-but-in-fact-a-dino-car-thing is bliss for me.
Just like the fact that my kid’s imagination and ability to play independently is rock solid.
You won’t catch me complaining about that ever.
The fact that he also enjoys wearing these dirty footie stockings all over town, with SANDALS though? I may have a problem with…
Want a chance to win your own Switch & Go Dino and a whole kid lifetime of toys?
Enter V-Tech’s Show & Tell with Switch & Go Contest by uploading a video of your kid’s own homemade dino-car combo to the V-Tech Facebook page (yeah, even prehistoric creatures thought to be extinct are on Facebook, not sure why Dumb Dad still isn’t!). They can build it (like with Legos or popsicle sticks or whatever) or draw it (with
blood drawing utensils) and remember, you don’t have to own a Switch & Go Dino to enter or win. Contest closes October 1st so hop over to the Switch & Go Dinos page to get more info and enter to win!
pBd Admits it’s Free: Today’s post was brought to you by fire and potential pyromaniacs everywhere. Also, I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for VTech. I received VTech Switch & Go Dinos product samples to facilitate my review.