Jan did a double take when he walked in the kitchen the other day.
There I was – sitting at the table with four of the kids surrounded by a pile of blocks and Duplo people.
A few years ago that sight would have been commonplace – but now that 3 of those 4 kids are teenagers – it was a little unusual.
So unusual that it made him pause and ask, “What are you doing?!”
“I am being brilliant!” was my reply.
Okay – so maybe brilliant isn’t the best word. Maybe creative would be better.
I explained that it was time to stage the Children’s Christmas Program – and since that was traditionally a very confusing and noisy rehearsal – I had the brilliant idea to use Duplo people and stage it on the kitchen table before using live children.
The kids found the right number of Duploes and helped me name them. We added a few blocks to act as the piano and the riser and my cell phone became the manger.
We went through the script scene by scene, moving our Duplo characters across the stage.
It went pretty well except that I often forgot who was who and would occasionally call them “carrot nose” and “fireman” and “mustache dude” instead of Eli, Jotham and Levi.
Funny thing was – because of my large hand maneuvering them – those plastic kids still fell off the riser and often knocked each other over!
But at least they didn’t talk out of turn!
I still think it was brilliant. 🙂