I own several action figure dolls, and I suggest you acquire one as well. (Hear me out.)
My favorite doll is Chachi from Happy Days. He’s dressed in jeans and a matching denim jacket. And friends, he pulls it off.
I also have a wrestler guy I bought at Target. He’s one of those WWE action figures — and he’s fantastic.
What do I do with them? I try to inject some levity into life by posing them around the house. My daughters (ages 7 and 10) might find Chachi handing them a toothbrush. He might be lounging in my husband’s shoe, all relaxed and such. Or he might be doing a push-up on top of the coffee maker.
I don’t set this up every day (let’s not Elf-on-the-Shelf this, right?) I just do it whenever it occurs to me. And sometimes the kids will take it upon themselves to pose these little guys.
Occasionally I’ll kick it up a notch.
For example, Chachi might be holding an enormous fork (like a serving fork) instead of a normal fork. Then the kids have to eat their meal with that. Or he might be handing them an itty bitty Playmobil cup of water at dinner. You get the point.
My thinking: We could all use a little more humor and playfulness in our lives. Right now my kids are young and they love this stuff. This may not always be the case (hello, teen era), so I figure strike while the iron is hot.
Let’s take full advantage of these magical years, when silliness is appreciated.
In keeping with the absurdity/humor theme here, I’ll share this tip for a fun family activity I call “Chin Face.”
- Take some googly eyes and apply tape to the back of them. If you don’t have googly eyes, just cut out white circles and draw black dots for the eyeballs.
- Now tell one of your kids to lie down on the ground, with their head on a pillow.
- Tape the googly eyes to your kid’s chin.
- Situate yourself at the top of your kid’s head, and tell your kid to start talking. It will look like their chin is a bald head, and their mouth will look crazy because it’s upside down. (Ask them to try and smile.)
- I cannot tell you how funny this is.
I’ll sometimes interview the kids and record a short video on my phone so they can see their “chin face” in full effect. A good time is had by all.
My favorite source for funny, surprising things is Archie McPhee.
In addition, some of the best action figure dolls are those WWE wrestling guys you buy at Target or retailers like that. They are funny, but they also look determined. Like they’re serious about the absurd things you’ll have them doing.
I got Chachi as a gift, but I noticed he was $25 on Amazon. That’s a bit pricey. But then again, can you really put a price on something that looks so good in head-to-toe denim?
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