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Almost April Fool

April Fools’ Day came early to our house this year with a visit from Punxsutawney Phyllis. Phyllis, as you may recall, was on her world tour to promote her newest book, April Fool, Phyllis! Now the real April Fools’ Day (Sunday) has snuck up on me.

This year the boys are old enough to understand practical jokes and the  purpose of the day. They love telling jokes and think just about anything is funny. It got me thinking, what sort of pranks could I play on them to celebrate the day? So, without further ado, here are a few ideas I’ve come up with thus far.

  • Make a fake pillow mommy under the covers and wait for the unsuspecting boys to rush in and announce, “Time to wake up!”
  • Dye their milk green and tell them it came from a green cow. (FamilyFun had a similar idea.)
  • Declare it backwards day and let them wear their clothes backwards.
  • Give them an apple…with a gummy worm climbing out of it.
  • In the spirit of the Punxsutawney clan, create my own treasure hunt. I have to think carefully about the prize though. No maple candies for us with Easter and all that Easter candy right around the corner.

Do you have a favorite April Fools’ Day prank? I’d love to hear your ideas for injecting some fun into the day.

19 thoughts on “Almost April Fool”

  1. One we will never do again: the kids saran-wrapped the toilet seat ‘just for dad’, but Mom got ‘stuck’ ! Another time we ‘wall-papered’ the door/frame with large sheets of newspaper while dad was in the bathroom; good surprise, and he enjoyed breaking through it like a circus clown! Like your other ideas, esp. w/food coloring – anything in the lunchbox is game!

    1. Great ideas Julie. Your saran wrap reminds me of my wedding night. Our friends broke into the bridal suite and saran wrapped the toilet among other things. That was a little messy. My husband takes long showers, so newspapering the bathroom might work,

      1. It was a good one! I already dyed the kids’ milk green, and we wallpapered the door to my bedroom with newspaper. We are waiting for “Daddy” to get up and be very surprised.

  2. I love your April Fool’s ideas! It’s probably the one “holiday” I don’t go crazy for, or at least provide some kind of trinket to be found upon waking. Maybe I should decorate the house for Christmas?? That would be funny with Easter just around the corner. In the meantime, I’ve tagged you in the Lucky 7 MEME, so hop on over to my blog and see what it’s all about. Happy April Fool’s a little early.
    A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

  3. You are brilliant at April Fool’s jokes! I must remember to do one this year. I think you should do the pillow one for sure. I’m going to go with backwards day. Thanks for the tip, I look forward to hearing how it turned out!

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