"I would like to see another installment giving ideas on how to play with children -- or perhaps how not to play with them." Larry Magid
Glad you asked.
I have to admit that when it comes to parent-child interaction, I, too, have a strong predeliction for those activities that involve a lot of relatively sedentary cuddling. I just plain revel in the intimacy.
Well, there's this thing I call Air Theatre. You lie on your backs, with your heads together like spokes on a wheel. And you all put your hands straight up, so you can see everybody's hands, and you get this instant Air Stage effect. It's like a stage up there, where our disembodied hands can carry on conversations, speaking in our disembodied voices. We're on our backs. Spokes in a wheel, hands in the air. We let our fingers do the talking. It's kinda like shadow puppetry without the shadows. Hand shaking. Hand slapping. Hand music. Hand dancing. And whenever we need to thicken the plot, in come the Silly Foot Beings, the dialog with whom invariably leading to a semi-yogic collectively callisthenic performance of Whole Body Theatre.
And then it's time for Food Theatre.
For more variety, add more desserts. Or, make it the rule that you can't move a plate, but rather must fork the dessert into your mouth, even if the dessert is located across the table. Or, you might each try to select the dessert that you think your partner wants, take a forkful, and then try to feed each other simultaneously. To increase the challenge, you might add reservoirs of dessert condiments (bowls of whip cream, crushed nuts, non-fat fudge), making dessert-forking a two-stage operation. Or forget the fork and use your fingers to feed each other.