April Fools’ Day is a great day to have fun and teach your kids the difference between silly tricks, practical jokes and jokes or tricks that hurt others and feel more like bullying. Supplying guidelines for the day and sharing fun examples can make this a teaching moment for your kids.
Four April Fools’ Day rules to follow:
1. Keep it fun by making someone laugh when they learn the truth.
Tell them you are going to play a trick on them when they least expect it. Then don’t do anything. At the end of the day tell them the truth.
Jump out from a hidden spot with a roar.
Open an Oreo cookie or two, carefully, add salt, and close.
Add plastic spiders or gummy worms to their shoes, or near their bed while they are sleeping.
Cut out a cockroach shape and tape to the inside of a lamp.
2. Surprise them by changing something they interact with each day.
Fill a donut box with vegetables or fruit.
If your family likes “potty humor” and your kids are over 8, make them think the toilet is yucky by dying the water brown. Combine a ratio of one drop green and one drop red food coloring to make the water brown. The next person will be uncomfortable. For an added touch, smear just a little peanut butter or Nutella on the seat or on the toilet paper roll.
Stay up late or wake early and turn everything on the kitchen counter upside down.
Change the time on their clock to be one-hour earlier.
Use a washable pen to write “you’ve been pranked” into the bottom of their cup.
…paint someone’s face while they’re sleeping to make them look like an animal, a zombie, or a member of kiss
3. The trick or prank can’t hurt them in anyway, physically, or emotionally. Don’t prank people you don’t know.
Text funny words or facts to their phone during the day.
Put wadded up toilet paper in the toes of their shoes to make them think their feet have grown.
Mix skittles, M and M’s and Reese’s Pieces all together. It’s a weird combination of tastes. Very unexpected if someone isn’t paying attention. We used to call this “the monster mix.”
4. Any changes made need to be easy to clean up afterwards. Be sure it can’t ruin furniture, floors, clothes plants, etc.
Paint someone’s face while they’re sleeping to make them look like an animal, a zombie, or a member of kiss. Use purchased face paint, or make your own with face lotion, cornstarch, and washable paint. Crayola Washable Paint for kids is an inexpensive washable paint.
Give them a glass of their favorite drink, with a small plastic spider stuck to the glass with honey.
Pour them a bowl of cereal, with gummy worms in the bottom.
Paste plastic googly eyes on everything in the refrigerator, locker, or items in their bedroom.
Place a whoopee cushion under the chair covering.
April Fools’ Day can be a day of fun and reminder to be kind, even when pranking others. Parents can start the fun when the day begins, supply pranking materials, and discuss the rules of the day. Hopefully the jokes will be on everyone. Enjoy the day.