Time to Start Foolin’ Around

My husband put this sign on our neighbors’/friends’ lawn last year. They thought it was weird and quickly removed it.

I still find it hilarious, though not quite as funny as this cake we accidentally got them when they first moved into the neighborhood.

I had requested "Welcome Home" from the Bakery.

April Fools’ Day is a nice placeholder in the calendar for you to try to infect those around you some almost-crying, totally silent, practically pee-in-your-pants kind of laughter.  At the very least, you should put yourself in that hysterical condition just thinking about your joke.

When Ryan was three, he thought the worm-in-the apple trick was pretty funny. Of course, he may have just been excited to eat yellow licorice.

Last year, I tried Family Fun magazine’s marshmallow and apricot fried egg and a snack box switch-up.  Again, lots of smiles, though it may have been because he was about to eat marshmallows for breakfast. Not hysterical, but just silly enough for a joke.

Melt butter in a saucepan. Add 12 marshmallows. Then spoon onto greased aluminum foil in two blobs. Add apricot and shout "Breakfast is ready."

Try baby carrots in a potato chip bag. Or pretzel sticks in a granola bar wrapper. Just reseal the packaging with double-stick tape.

This year, I’ve got to work a bit harder, as April 1st falls on a Sunday and we’ll be traveling that day.  I’ve exhaustively googled practical jokes for kids.  Maybe I will rig a few of these up?

My husband points out that our kids have never eaten or seen anything in these pull-tab type cans before. Maybe I’ll start feeding them fruit cocktail for the next week to get the full effect of the surprise.

Is it improper to try this in a hotel bathroom? It’s from Martha Stewart so it must be okay.

A crayola bath tablet or easter egg tablet inserted above the faucet cap will tint your water for a minute after turning the faucet on.

I like these ideas from Heather Kempskie, former editor of Parents & Kids Magazine:

  • Barbie Goes To Work.  My daughter has a zillion Barbie dolls and we thought they may enjoy a day at the office. We loaded up my husband’s car with them (in the windshield, out the back window and buckled in on the passenger side). Daddy felt like a stud! (Note from LTM: Could work with superheroes, pacifiers, etc.)
  • Hit the Sock Drawer. Use large safety pins to string together several pairs of socks. When your son or daughter goes to retrieve their socks in the morning they’ll get more than they bargained for. (LTM: My family finds undies way funnier then socks, so I’d try it with undies).
  • Fish Dinner: One mom told her daughter they were having fish for dinner. “She HATES fish. I served her a plate of multi-colored big and little SWEDISH Fish and told her she had to clean her entire plate!” (LTM: Why do so many kid jokes involve candy!?)
I still have a few days to come up with something hilarious. I’ll be thinking about what really makes my kids giggle and the very ordinary things that I can spice up for April Fools Day. Hoping to hear some suggestions from you.
Check out my Pinterest April Fools Board for more cute ideas like crazy April Fools menus, watermelon waffles and sponge cake.
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  1. Julie Deneen says:

    One year I told the girls I would pour their cereal for them for breakfast. What they didn’t realize was I had put a few drops of blue food coloring at the bottom of their bowls, before pouring the cereal in. When they poured the milk into the bowl, everything turned bright blue! It helped convince them because I had left the bottle of Dawn dish washing detergent on the counter!! Lots of giggles that morning!!
    I might try the tablet in the faucet…thanks for sharing!!
    Have fun tricking the boys this year!!!

  2. bonnie says:

    I’ve done Wacky Wednesday for the Grandkids. Socks hanging from the chandelier, pictures upside down, scarves on curtain rods, chairs under the table, sweatshirts on the lamps, even hangers and caps on the kitchen cabinet knobs. Maybe Awful April 1 Day!

  3. Barbara Sadowsky says:

    Can’t wait to see what you do this year!! should be fun!

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