The hidden meanings in my kids’ abandoned play scenes

A selection of abandoned play scenes.

One of the many day-to-day highlights of having children is discovering their abandoned play scenes. As well as laughing at some of the bizarre setups I find, I like to try to work out what was going on in the stories they were acting out.

Maybe I’m being paranoid, but perhaps these strange configurations are left there as coded messages. With that in mind, here are some of my favourites, accompanied by the missives that might be behind them.

You’re having a giraffe

Did the long-necked one bite off Granny Clanger’s ear, oblivious of her strength, before becoming closely acquainted with the soup wells? In short, I don’t know.

I’d like to think the message is the toddler acknowledging that people should respect their elders. It’s more likely that she’s reminding us that, although she’s smaller than us, she’s still the boss.

Total wipeout

It’s clear what’s going on here. Hulk is waiting to have his arse wiped while an alien smugly looks on from the bog.

The messages are clear too. First of all, my sons believe poo to be hilarious. Secondly, they want to remind us that we had to do this for them so they are also our bosses.

Tea for two

On the face of it, this is a classic tale of comeuppance. Peppa and Grandpa Pig are left submerged head first in cups of tea.

The message here seems to be that we drink too much caffeine. The oversized cups and the pigs are obvious metaphors for greed. Well, fine, kids. You start sleeping more and we’ll cut down on the coffee.

Knighty night

In this DC vs Marvel clash, Bats has defeated Steve Rogers. I’m not sure how this would actually play out as he’s just a dude in a costume while his quarry is a super soldier. Anyhoo.

The six-year-old’s favourite is Batman while his big brother was born on American Independence Day. There’s no doubt about it – this is simply an attempt to wind him up. Brothers…

Hand solo

Once upon a time in a living room not far away, somebody wrote the name of a respected Jedi only to run out of letters at an unfortunate juncture.

Is this an unwelcome reminder that I’m going to conduct ‘the talk’ when the boys reach adolescence? No. This must have been an innocent mistake. But hang on a minute…

Rabbit, rabbit…

Two rabbits appearing to do what us grown-ups know they’re synonymous with. On a book penned by Frank Lampard.

If the boys know the facts of life from playground chat, I’m taking this as a good sign. It’s a clear act of contempt against the former Chelsea and West Ham man and a clear indication that they’re Spurs fans like me.

Which unusual abandoned play scenes have you discovered at home?


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