April 2, 2011

April Fool's Day - Recap and Reviews

I have to say, this year's April Fool's Day was the best yet for our family.  At 8,7, and 5 1/2, my kids are the perfect age to really start getting a kick out of all the little jokes and pranks.

Our mornings are usually pretty busy, so I didn't have anything planned before school.  (Plus, since I was sending candy in their lunchboxes, I didn't want them to be too hyped up before they even got to class! :D  )

However, I was chuckling as I sent my two oldest off on the bus, because I knew they would discover the first two pranks of the day in their lunchboxes.

Luckily, I still had my youngest home for the day and could see her reaction at lunchtime.  She LOVED it and was seriously giddy with the excitement of discovering the switched contents.   She declared me "the best and funnest mom ever " and had the biggest smile on her face for a long time after she finished her lunch.

Look at that smile!  She loved it!

The carrots were a hit too!

When I picked up the big kids from school, they were equally as excited.  They loved discovering the pranks and told me that their little friends at the lunch table liked seeing the trick too.

I enlisted their help in planning a few more surprises for dinner that would fool their dad.   We decided to tell him that we would have dessert before dinner.  They helped me make Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting and then Grilled Cheese Cakes as our dessert.   Daddy played along with the joke and the kids were thrilled that they pulled it off (and both the Meatloaf Cupcakes and Grilled Cheese cakes were actually pretty tasty! )  

Putting on the "frosting"

The finished "cupcakes"

"Shh, it's really pound cake and orange tinted frosting!"

It really looks like grilled cheese, doesn't it?

Hmmm, this isn't a cupcake!!

I also made orange Jello in their drink cups for dinner.  The look on their faces as they kept trying to tip the cups up more to drink was priceless.  I wish I could have captured their confusion on camera.

Eating their "drinks" with a spoon!

Oh, and I thought my son was tricking me when he said his tooth fell out at school, but it really did ~ finally!!  (Good thing I had his new Tooth Fairy pillow ready.)

Overall, though, I think the funniest prank of the day came after the kids discovered the Jello and  Daddy got up to get them some water for dinner.   We had put a rubber band over the handle of the sprayer on the sink.   As soon as he turned on the sink to fill their cups, he got drenched with a shower of water.   The squeals and giggles could probably be heard down the street!!

How did your April Fools' pranks go?  Did you try the Candy in a Fruit Can or the Carrots in the Candy Box?  Did you do any other tricks?  I'd love for you to comment and share your day with us!


  1. I loved reading about your pranks. Indeed, you have to be the funnest mom! I gotta keep these things filed away in my mind for when my boys are older.

    You just made me smile really big. :-)

  2. We made the fruit cans here at our house. What a fun idea!

  3. How fun! I loved all your ideas. We did the cans.. I filled them with some little toys and Hershey Kisses. The kids thought it was pretty cool. I also added some food coloring to my daugher's cereal bowl. She added the milk, and all of a sudden it turned pink. ha ha... that was pretty cute to watch.

  4. How fun, I LOVE IT!!! Such a great idea! I've linked this post to my blog http://ladycreate-a-lot.blogspot.com/2011/03/april-fools-day-food-ideas.html I'm super stoked about tomorrow!

  5. How did you attach the top of the can back on after putting in the candy?

  6. Tip Junkie had the wrong link for the tutorial for the fruit can. Here's the correct link


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