Beware the pranksters on April 1!
April Fool’s Day can be traced back to the 16th Century when the Gregorian calendar first came into place. Before that time, the new year was celebrated at the end of March with a two week celebration ending on April first. Once the new calendar came in, those who still celebrated the old calendar were thought of as ignorant, uneducated fools, and so the April Fool was born.
Get into the spirit of this day of trickery by trying some of these pranks on your unsuspecting family, friends and children. Just make sure you get to it before the kids do. Happy tricking!
Tricks for the kids…
Short Sleep – Kids, it means you have to remake the bed (ugh!), but it’s worth the uncomfortable squirm when Mum or Dad try to get in for a good night’s sleep! Simply remake their bed with one sheet only. Tuck it into the top of the bed then smooth it down and fold it back onto itself as though mimicking a top sheet. Cover with a blanket or quilt. Wait for the yelling!
Suspect Sneeze – Wet your hand with water, pretend to sneeze, and shake the water on someone when they aren’t looking. Ew!
Sky High – Next time you’re outside with your friends, look up and point at the sky and talk amongst yourselves nervously. Watch the reaction of people around you!
Grubby Apple – Make a deep hole in an apple with a pencil. Insert a gummy worm or other fake critter you can find. Leave it in the fruit bowl and it may give Mum a fright!
Sweet and Savory – Switch the sugar in the sugar bowl for some salt. Next time Dad puts a teaspoon of sweetener in his coffee, the joke will be on him!
Undies on Parade – With a needle and thread (maybe with Mum’s help), sew the edges of Dad’s underpants together. Only a few loose stitches will do. Neatly fold them back in his drawer and watch his face when he tries to bite them apart with his teeth!