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The toys come alive again, midnight November 30th #toycember

There is magic in the imagination. My plastic toys come alive in December. Ever since 2012 when I brought them home from Target, at midnight on November 30th, the elephant, giraffe, lion, cheetah and tiger come alive and wreak havoc in my home.


“Everything you can imagine is real.”
― Pablo Picasso


The toys have wrapped my table in toilet paper. They  have made scrambled eggs,  popcorn and helped iron my napkins.


The toys are 3$ at Target in the bottom bin at the front of the store. They are right beside the wooden blocks.

They would come alive at midnight in your home too.

I was at Target a few days ago and as I was looking in the dollar section some of the toys started to crawl out of the bin. (What was happening! It wasn’t December yet? )



Maybe, just maybe, there are toys in your house that are alive and you just don’t know it because they always run back to where they started before you or your children wake up?

Three years ago I found Dinovember. Where the dinosaurs came alive and wreaked havoc every night. The children thought the dinosaurs were actually making the mess. But, it was the parents. Or, at least, the parents said they did it. But, maybe, it wasn’t the parents. Maybe the plastic dinosaurs really did make the mess and the adults just said they did it?

Every day in December I will post pictures of what the toys did.

You can follow along with the toys adventures here on the blog, or on Instagram TOYCEMBER

Or go to The Toys facebook page. TOYCEMBER Facebook page

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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • La McCoy

    I love the toys a live time of year!!

  • DA Schuhow

    Imagination, something I didn’t develop as a child. What, with wanting to be like Spock as my emotions were too intense. It took years to trust my imagination. After 20 some years of being married to an artist, it became fun. My husbands ability to use his imagination is one of the things I adore about him.
    By the way, Cupcake and Star got the bag today! You are so much fun Pam! You too Harper!

    • Hello Debi,
      Well, even though you think you didn’t have an imagination as a child, maybe it was just hiding. Maybe now you can trust it, and your husband and cats will help you.
      Hello to Cupcake and Star. Harper says hello too. The toys made a mess of the Christmas tree lights last night. I always wonder what I will find when I wake up.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    Oh I am sooooooooooooooo happy my children have an imagination, there is nothing like it. I don’t know where I would be without my imagination, it takes one to the most amazing places. Good on ya Pamela for letting all the toys come alive every December, what fun. Look at all those animals at Target, they just knew you were there & they had to crawl out of their bins as they heard Mrs. Hodges was in the store & they wanted to get a good look to be sure you were real. Yup, you were………..I love you, Mom

    • Mom,
      I have no choice with the toys. When toys want to come alive and go on an adventure it is impossible to stop them. How can you stop toys when the come alive when you are sleeping?
      Nick did ask that they don’t write on the walls this year. Last year they wrote on the walls with crayon. Only time will tell.
      Love your daughter.