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!

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?


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