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Just for Fun: April Fools’ Day
March 31, 2012 9:55 am | by

One of the things I love about having children is experiencing their sense of humor at different ages and stages. My sons have an amazing sense of humor. I frequently explain to people that my twin sons are much like the Two-Headed Monster on Sesame Street. They share a lot of inside jokes and once one gets a case of the giggles, the other joins in and they are nearly unstoppable.

A couple of years ago, I took a risk and introduced my children to April Fools’ day. It was a big hit and has quickly become a beloved day for our family. At our house, we ensure that all jokes and pranks are fun and no one gets their feelings hurt, especially the younger children. I know it’s short notice, but anyone can have a little fun on April Fools’ day with minimal effort.
Even the youngest children can have fun with a ‘backwards day’. We’ve served peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast and enjoyed eggs and pancakes for dinner. Encourage toddlers to wear their clothes backwards. Make a crazy outfit by mixing pajama pieces with jeans. You can even break out the dress up clothes to go out and about. It’s all about the fun and break from the ordinary routine.

For older children, food pranks can be a lot of fun. My children still talk fondly of the night I served them cupcakes for dinner. They thought I was the coolest mom ever when I placed a pink topped cupcake in front of each of them… that is until they took their first bite and discovered it was actually meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Their faces were priceless! Other fun food pranks include a mashed potato and gravy sundae, fried eggs made from peaches and yogurt or sushi made of candy and sweet treats.
Other easy kid pranks revolve around size. You can get the fun started early by giving your children a new vegetable at dinner tonight and telling them it will help them grow. While they are sleeping, you can swap out their clothes for a smaller size or stuff tissue paper in the toes of their shoes to make them feel like a giant overnight!
Have you ever celebrated April Fools’ day with your children? Do you have plans for tomorrow? What are some of the best jokes and pranks you’ve enjoyed together as a family?

About the Author

Heather is mom to four, born within 40 months (single, twins, single). She writes transparently about her chaotic household to encourage others through the twists and turns of parenting.


1 Comment

  • Jessica (MomEinstein) said...
    April 2, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    You’re such an awesome mom! I love the meatloaf cupcakes. That’s hilarious.