April Fool’s

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?

Ideas for Kids April Fools Pranks on Parents

Of course, kids April Fools pranks on parents will need the cooperation of parents, here are some fun jokes kids can do. Just pretend and play along.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 not joke.

5.      Tuck a toy or stuffie into mom’s or dad’s bag or briefcase.

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 kidsA sense of humor is not already in place at birth. It’s something that kids develop. Figuring out humor is pretty complicated because it has so many parts. First, kids need to recognize that something is unexpected or unusual. The next part is quickly deciding if it’s scary or funny and then reacting to the situation. Babies don’t expect ripping paper to make such a loud sound but there’s nothing scary so they can laugh and laugh.

Playing any kind of prank needs some prior planning. There’s also cooperation and trying to keep a secret. Kids need to imagine another person’s reaction and check if it’s an okay trick or not. Sharing a joke strengthens the bonds of a relationship. All too often, kids get in trouble for being silly, so April Fool’s is a day to be enjoyed to the max. Will there be  kids April Fools pranks on parents at your house?

April Fool’s Day Silly Fun for Kids

Here’s Looking At You!

For a play-of-the-day, make sure you take advantage of today’s date to have some April Fool’s Day silly fun. These googly eyes are looking!
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For this fun, all you need is a package of googly eyes. You can either do this by yourself for kids and other family members to discover or you can ask a child to help put them on fridge or other items. Keeping a secret isn’t easy so maybe do it just before bedtime. **Note: buy the peel and stick eyes. I guess the joke started on me when I opened the package from the dollar store and there was nothing to peel off. I had to use tape.

We’ve all seen videos of babies that laugh when a parent makes a funny face or noise, or even when someone rips paper. A sense of humor is quite complicated and kids need lots of experience to develop and expand it. Kids first have to recognize that something is out of the ordinary or unexpected. Then, they have to instantly check if it’s funny or scary and respond with appropriate reactions. This needs lots of brain activity to happen very quickly.

April Fool’s Day is a great day for some silly fun. Maybe kids could put some pieces of clean laundry in the wrong rooms. At breakfast, pizza could replace the cereal. Change laces in daddy’s track shoes to rainbow ones. Instead of a napkin in a lunch box, send a dishcloth–a clean and dry one, of course.

Sharing fun and silliness with kids is another way of connecting to them on an emotional level. Sometimes adults are afraid to be silly but many times a sense of humor is an important life skill. Today we all get a chance to make and look for silly fun. What will happen at your house for April Fool’s Day?

April Fool’s Fun, Play, and Kindergarten Readiness

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Kindergarten Readiness: April Fool’s Day Pranks for Kids

Kindergarten readiness can’t be too serious, especially on April Fool’s Day. Silly little pranks are one way to help children develop their sense of humor. While we think humor is just a reaction to a funny event, it actually involves some complex thinking. First, children need to be able to tell that what is happening … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness: April Fool’s Day Pranks for Kids