No Foolin'

 

Did you know that April Fools' Day was started by an exhausted mom who wanted to play a trick on her family by resetting all of the clocks in the house so that she could stay in bed? Just fooling!
The actual origins of April Fools' Day are unknown, but History.com tells us that historians speculate the holiday dates back to 1582. That's when France switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. People who failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes. These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d'avril (April fish), said to symbolize a young, "easily hooked" fish and a gullible person.
Kid-friendly April Fools' Day pranks
Don't be an April fish. If you want to get in on the joke, think Elf-on-the-Shelf meets a mischievous leprechaun and you'll be in the right mindset for some fun April Fools' Day pranks. Here are a few ideas to fool your family.
* Set the clocks forward an hour, then wake the kids up by frantically announcing that you're late. After they scramble to get ready, surprise them with a breakfast treat.
* Tell your kids you're having cupcakes for dinner. Then serve meatloaf "cupcakes" topped with mashed potatoes colored to look like frosting.
* Surprise your kids with a bowl of frozen cereal. The night before, pour cereal in a bowl and about half the milk, then freeze. In the morning top up with a little fresh milk before serving.
* Stuff the inside tips of your children's shoes with tissue or cotton balls. They'll be confused as to why their shoes suddenly don't fit. Throw in some casual comments about how their feet look like they've grown.
* Put a small drop of food coloring inside the bristles of your children's toothbrushes. If the drops are little, they won't even realize they're there until they begin brushing their teeth and discover a yuck mouth.
* Pour some baking soda in the toilet. Then, when your little ones go potty in the morning, it will fizz up and surprise them.
Keep it fun
April Fool's Day is a time for jokes and pranks, but kids sometimes lack the maturity to distinguish between a fun-loving joke and a hurtful one. Teach your child about "laughing with, not at someone." Emphasize that a good joke includes everyone laughing together, not picking on someone or leaving them out.

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Did you know that April Fools' Day was started by an exhausted mom who wanted to play a trick on her family by resetting all of the clocks in the house so that she could stay in bed? Just fooling!

The actual origins of April Fools' Day are unknown, but History.com tells us that historians speculate the holiday dates back to 1582. That's when France switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. People who failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes. These pranks included having paper fish placed on their backs and being referred to as poisson d'avril (April fish), said to symbolize a young, "easily hooked" fish and a gullible person.

Kid-friendly April Fools' Day pranks

Don't be an April fish. If you want to get in on the joke, think Elf-on-the-Shelf meets a mischievous leprechaun and you'll be in the right mindset for some fun April Fools' Day pranks. Here are a few ideas to fool your family.

  • Set the clocks forward an hour, then wake the kids up by frantically announcing that you're late. After they scramble to get ready, surprise them with a breakfast treat.
  • Tell your kids you're having cupcakes for dinner. Then serve meatloaf "cupcakes" topped with mashed potatoes colored to look like frosting.
  • Surprise your kids with a bowl of frozen cereal. The night before, pour cereal in a bowl and about half the milk, then freeze. In the morning top up with a little fresh milk before serving.
  • Stuff the inside tips of your children's shoes with tissue or cotton balls. They'll be confused as to why their shoes suddenly don't fit. Throw in some casual comments about how their feet look like they've grown.
  • Put a small drop of food coloring inside the bristles of your children's toothbrushes. If the drops are little, they won't even realize they're there until they begin brushing their teeth and discover a yuck mouth.
  • Pour some baking soda in the toilet. Then, when your little ones go potty in the morning, it will fizz up and surprise them.

Keep it fun

April Fool's Day is a time for jokes and pranks, but kids sometimes lack the maturity to distinguish between a fun-loving joke and a hurtful one. Teach your child about "laughing with, not at someone." Emphasize that a good joke includes everyone laughing together, not picking on someone or leaving them out.

 

 

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