Monday, April 4, 2011

April Fool's Day Fun for kids

I know April Fool's Day has been and gone, and I am just getting around to downloading my photos...

We had a fun day, and at dinner time, my husband commented on the fact that April Fool's Day seems to be my favorite holiday! It made me chuckle, because I have never really thought much about how into it I get each year. April Fool's Day is the perfect day for spur of the moment tricks and general silliness and it doesn't require too much foresight and planning.  And because "on the fly" is how I roll, this is a match made in heaven for me.

Also, I think I enjoy it because right now, I am the one in charge of all the tricks...but soon it will be the other way around and I will be subjected to goodness knows what, with three cunning and creative little boys in the house.

They started off with JUMBO bowls of Cocoa Crispies...

...only to discover that when they dug their spoons in, there was a huge chunk of ice in the bowl and in fact, they were only getting their usual serving size of cereal. But they were so happy to be allowed to eat cereal on a weekday, that they weren't too bothered about the reduced portion.

For lunch, I just mixed up all the packaging
(fruit cocktail trick inspired by Come Together Kids)

At snack time, I told them I was making fried eggs, and they actually got really excited about it.  I think the yogurt and half a canned peach (inspired by the very clever Meet the Dubiens) was a bit of a let down!  
But I let them have two gummy worms, and they were happy :)

For dinner I made the usual meatloaf and potato frosting cake...which didn't fool the older boys, but the youngest one was super excited to get "cake" for dinner.  
They all loved the jello "juice" trick (from ivillage)- especially since they were actually allowed to eat the jello before the meal!

The Chicken Pot Pie dessert idea was from Family Fun and I must say, I didn't think it was going to come out as well as it did..but it really did look like Chicken Pot Pie and the kids loved it!

And to top it all off...a little bit of "raisin in the toothpaste" trickery. 
After they went into the bathroom to brush their teeth, I hovered outside and overheared the older boys in a heated discussion about it...
"I think there's a booger in the toothpaste....wait, its a....a....a RAISIN!!!"
And then they proceeded to put the toothpaste on their toothbrushes and brushed away happily as if it was the most usual thing in the world for a raisin to pop out of their toothpaste!
It was pretty hilarious!


  1. so fun! we had a great time over here too. i love the silliness and nonsense. great job!

  2. I love all of these ideas! I need to do the jello juice next year! My kids would love it!

  3. Oh my goodness. You are the coolest mom EVER! I love the jello drinks and what is in the pot pie dessert? I can't figure it out! You have such a fun blog...I'm trying to "follow" but Google is being difficult right now...grrr....

  4. The "chicken pot pie" dessert is vanilla pudding, and starburst soft candy "vegetables" ....the green ones rolled into peas and the yellow ones rolled into corn and the orange ones rolled into looked amazingly real looking (i think the green peas were actually jolly rancher soft candy).
    You can add cut up dried apples for chicken, but I didn't get that far ;)


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