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Kids’ April Fool’s Fun – Easy Pranks for Kids and Parents

The calendar says time for some silliness with kids’ April Fool’s fun and what’s more fun than some easy pranks for kids and parents? Of course, one parent may need to coordinate with the kids.

Since April Fool’s is happening on a weekend, instead of kids crawling into bed with the parents, the parents should crawl into the kids’ beds? It might be one way of catching some extra sleep. Here’s a list of some fun things to do: april fools pranks

1. Give kids permission to take lots of tissues. With a few in each hand, they get to stuff either mom’s or dad’s shoes, so the shoes will feel like they shrunk.

2. With a sneaky switcheroo, kids can substitute their underwear for one or the other parents’ undies. Or they can switch mom’ and dad’s. Neither mom nor dad will accidentally wear the wrong ones.

3. If they can remember, whenever kids talk to mom, they call her “Dad.” Whenever they talk to dad, they call him “Mom.” This doesn’t usually last too long before kids giggle with glee.

4. Have kids draw faces on the eggs. To do this, an adult needs to hold the egg while kids gently draw with a marker. Wiping up a raw egg is no joke.april fools kids

5. Tuck a toy or stuffie into mom’s or dad’s bag or briefcase, or maybe their slipper.

6. If someone in the family has a lunch bag in the fridge, stick some googly eyes on their sandwich bag or piece of fruit.april-fools

As adults, apparently we don’t laugh as much in a day as kids do. Yet, we know sometimes having a sense of humor is all that keeps us from going crazy. Laughing about a situation helps us stay sane. April Fool’s is an opportunity to share some laughter with our kids and to create some memories of fun. What can you and your kids do today for some adult and kids’ April Fool’s Fun?

Pink Shirt Day Reminds Us How To Be Friends

What is Pink Shirt Day? Pink Shirt Day reminds us how to be friends and we celebrate it by wearing pink shirts. It started by a simple act of kindness and compassion with an anti-bullying message.

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This day was born ten years ago. A high school student noticed another student being bullied after he wore a pink shirt to school. Because he had been bullied too he was bothered by the situation. He and a friend bought dozens and dozens of pink shirts and passed them out to others to all wear at school. The message spread and more people joined in. Now, it is spreading around the world and including people of all ages.

Earlier this month, I saw an article headline that concerns preschool children, “Nurseries urged to provide a ‘safe space’ for boys to wear pink and girls to be builders.” It seems no matter how hard we try and be neutral, somehow kids pick up that some toys and clothes are for girls, that is pink and dolls, and some are for boys, like blue and action figures. As young as kids are in preschool programs, they encounter what the article calls ‘gender-police.’ Fortunately, “…children are very understanding and accepting, they simply need to have the situation explained to them,” that all kids can play with all toys and not everyone will like the same things. It’s okay for some girls to play with building blocks and some boys to play with dolls. It’s okay for boys and girls to both wear pink and blue.

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Pink Shirt Day reminds us how to be friends. It not only promotes understanding, it also encourages us to support each other. We need to be more accepting and offer each other kindness. Even a small act of kindness can mean a huge difference to another person. It can grow and create amazing connections. In the spirit of Pink Shirt Day, no matter where you live, can you encourage your child to do something kind for someone else?


How to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day with Kids

To celebrate World Read Aloud Day, grab a book, invite a kid or two to your lap, and read.WRAD

Here’s a poem in the style of Dr. Seuss for inspiration:


Today, around the world, for all
Will you hear this reading call?
Will you read aloud today?
This is World Read Aloud Day!

Any favorite story or book,
New or old, take a look,
Then say the words so we can hear,
Say them, say them, loud and clear.

In a car or on a boat,
In pajamas or a coat,
On the sofa or in bed,
Say aloud the words instead.

Should you? Could you? Yes, of course.
Read aloud with lots of force.
Do not mumble neither grumble,
Whisper softly, barely speak.
Let’s read aloud in any place,
Oh yes, even outer space.

Far and near, up and down.
On the farm, and in the town.
We are reading to each other,
We are reading all together.

This is World Read Aloud Day.
Enjoy the sound of the voice,
Reading from a book of choice.
No, not one, but oh so many,

Lots and lots, we shall read plenty.
Poem and story, yarn and tale.
We’ll read aloud; we will not fail.

On a face, do you see the smile?
Come and listen for a while.
Stay right here and give your ear.
Read Aloud Day is full of cheer!

(by Barbara Allisen aka Mrs.

Poppies, Service, and Peace for Veterans Day and Remembrance Day

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Olympic Games #17– What is the Role of Sports for Kids?

This weekend is the Olympics Closing Ceremonies. As the Games end, it’s a good time to think about what is the role of sports for kids? Perhaps, more importantly, how do we encourage young children in sports without pushing them? Family therapist and parenting expert Carleton Kendrick has some excellent suggestions for preschool kids. In … Continue reading Olympic Games #17– What is the Role of Sports for Kids?

Olympic Games #14 – Olympic Lego Activities and Play

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Olympic Games #13 – Olympic Playdough Activities

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Olympic Games #9: Sand Play Activities for Kids – Beach Optional

Now that the Olympic Games include beach volleyball, it’s time to play in the sand. Beaches are fun but not necessary for sand play activities for kids. Just like water play (see yesterday’s Water Play Activities for Kids), there are many ways for kids to play in the sand. Of course, what could be more … Continue reading Olympic Games #9: Sand Play Activities for Kids – Beach Optional

Olympic Games #8: Splash up Some Water Play Activities for Kids

All the Olympic Games excitement in and on the water with medals and new records is splashing up some water play activities for kids. For kids, water play might take the gold medal. In Rio, there are events for diving, swimming, rowing, sailing, and water polo. Just like the Games, there are many different ways … Continue reading Olympic Games #8: Splash up Some Water Play Activities for Kids