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May Day (May 1st) Traditions


May Day Traditions
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May 1st is “May Day”! On May Day there is a tradition of leaving baskets of flowers or goodies hanging on your neighbors’ doors anonymously. Other ways to celebrate May Day include the Maypole, building fairy houses, making/wearing a floral hat or wreath, and even a Magic Jellybean Lollipop Garden (a tradition that my family does for Easter). Below you will find a round up of May Day ideas from around the web including traditions, maypole tutorials, May Day treats, and free May Day printables.

You can find inspiration and tutorials for May Baskets on my May Day pinboard. A May Day Basket post will be coming someday. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next year. Who knows?! (I sure don’t.)

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MAY DAY TRADITIONS
*6 Ways to Celebrate May Day: @ WikiHow
Adding a Maypole to Your Backyard, Warming Up By a Bonfire, Trying Other Dancing, Enjoying May Day Food and Drink, Celebrating May Day with Flowers, Trying a Little May Magic
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*The Most Fun May Day Traditions: Magic Morning Dew, Fairy Houses and Foliage Accessories: @ BunchFamily.ca
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*Jack in the green: @ Wikipedia.org
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*Creating Summer Hats: @ Creative Connections for Kids
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*May Day Flower Headband Tutorial: @ Simple Simon and Co.
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*May Day – Magic Jelly Beans: @ Nothing But Country
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*Super Mommy Secret~May Day Tradition: @ Secrets of a Super Mommy
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*An Old-Fashioned May Day Celebration: @ Mrs. Gore’s Diary
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*Montessori Inspired May Day Activities: @ Living Montessori Now
A great collection of links to May Day Activities
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*LOCAL SPRING FESTIVALS!
Check your local community to see if they are hosting a spring or May Day festival!
Adelina from @ Home Maid Simple shared her family’s trip to the Provo Spring Festival complete with Maypole dancing!
Provo Spring Festival @ Home Maid Simple

*Carrying on the May Day Tradition: @ Omahaha

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MAYPOLES
*Paper Towel Roll Maypole Craft: @ DLTK-Kids
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*Children’s Maypole Tutorial: @ Mommy Blessings
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*Making a Maypole: @ MarthaStewart.com
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*Maypole Dancing and DIY Maypole: @ How to Run a Home Daycare
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*May Day and DIY Maypole: @ Montessori Mischief
They used a tall floor lamp as a maypole!
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MAY DAY TREATS AND SNACKS
*DIY Mini Maypole Cakes: @ Studio DIY
Cute Maypole bundt cake made with a stripey straw and ribbons.
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*May Day Cupcakes: @ Cupcake Project
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*Maypole cupcakes: @ Martha Stewart
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*Maypole Cake: @ Fiskars
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MAY DAY PRINTABLES
*Start a May Day Tradition with these Free May Day Printables: @ Happy Money Saver
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*May Day Surprise: @ Creative Preschool Resources
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*Free Printable May Day Gift Tags: @ Skip to My Lou
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*DIY Printable May Day Basket: @ Alpha Mom
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*Printable May Day Basket Template: @ Printables4Kids.com
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*Free Printable May Day Basket (cone): @ The Neighborhood
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*May Baskets Poem and Poster / Coloring Sheet: @ DLTK
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Do you celebrate May Day? What’s your May Day tradition? Let me know in the comments!


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Easter Tradition: Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden


Confession: I kinda hate jellybeans. I think they’re gross. Not only are they way too sweet (in a not good way) but they always sink to the bottom of the Easter basket and then you have to dig around for them inside of that disgusting plastic Easter grass that feels gross and smells horrible. Some kids might’ve found digging for their candy to be fun, but it just got on my nerves. And who wants to eat candy that was just floating around loose rubbing all over that yicky Easter grass? Not I, says Jenn. Not I.
But, jellybeans are mandatory in Easter baskets otherwise the Easter basket police will come take me away and shove jellybeans down my throat until I agree to feed them to my children. Or maybe not. But my kids (who clearly have very poor taste in candy) love jellybeans.

All that to say…hey, people, have you heard of the Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden? For the past few years I’ve taken a basic Easter Egg Hunt, The Jellybean Prayer, and the Magic Jellybean Lollipop Garden Easter traditions and put them all together.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

(Watch video here)

The first year that we tried this we were going to plant the jellybeans out in the yard but it ended up being too cold to have the kids outside for that long. Instead I grabbed a random pot of dirt at my mom’s house (because who doesn’t have a random pot of dirt sitting around) and planted the jellybeans in the pot inside the house first and then we set the pot out on the porch.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

If the weather is nice enough we have an Easter egg hunt in the backyard. Nothing fancy, I literally just toss eggs filled with pennies out in the yard moments before the kids come out. Mixed in with the other Easter eggs are 5 special jellybean shaped Easter eggs.

Easter Egg hunt for Magic Jellybeans!

When the hunt is over the children give me the jellybean eggs that they found and gather around for the Magic Jellybean Prayer. Inside each jellybean egg is a part of a poem and several jellybeans. I open the eggs in order and read the rhyme and give each child a jellybean to eat and one to plant.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

How to grow a lollipop garden from magic jellybeans:
-Read the Jellybean Prayer
-Plant the jellybeans in a pot of sugar or directly in the ground.
-Set the planted jellybeans in Easter Eve moonlight or Easter sunlight and wait for them to grow.
(Magic jellybeans will need all night to grow when using moonlight, but they grow in only a few short minutes when put in Easter sunlight.)
-Your magic jellybeans will become a tasty lollipop garden!

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

I found the poem I use for The Jellybean Prayer at Happy Home Fairy.
(By the way if you like all of the holiday ideas on my blog you’ll love Julie’s blog. Not only does she blog way more regularly than I do, but she’s super nice and sweet and not cranky and sarcastic like me 😉 It’s a breath of fresh air compared to what you normally get around these parts. Shut up. < see?)

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The Jellybean Prayer (Free Printable) @ Happy Home Fairy

There is another version of The Jellybean Prayer that is all over the internet but I’m not really fond of it because I think the rhyme is cheesy and hardly has anything to do with Easter (orange is for the edge of night…whaaa?). So, because I’m picky I really prefer the prayer shared on Happy Home Fairy. I think the rhymes and colors make more sense and it’s sweet and simple for kids to understand.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

I really try to avoid giving the children artificial colors and flavors when I can so I used Hammond’s Natural Lollipops (available on Amazon). The flavors you see below are Cherry (Pink, White, Red) and Peach Mango (Green, Orange, Red)
(They also have Butterscotch (Cream, Gold Stripe), Pomegranate (Red, Orange, White Stripe), Lemon (Yellow, White Stripe), Root Beer (Brown, Tan, White Stripe), Cinnamon (Red, White Stripe), Orange (Orange, White Stripe), and Mint (Red, White Stripe).
In the photo from 2012 I used YumEarth Organic Lollipops.
If you don’t mind the artificial colors you can find lots of colorful swirl lollipops on OrientalTrading.com
The jellybeans that I gave the kids to eat were vegetarian Green Beans All Natural Jelly Beans and Surf Sweets Organic Jelly Beans.
The jelly beans we planted were just regular ones from the dollar store and since we don’t eat them I save the bag for planting each year.
I got the Dudley’s Jelly Bean Filler Eggs at Hobby Lobby years ago. Good luck finding them anywhere online, I haven’t had any luck.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

The kids have enjoyed planting the Magic Jellybeans for the past few years and this year Jonathan will be old enough to join in the fun with his sister and cousin.

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

Have you ever planted a Magic Jellybean Lollipop Garden? Is the Jellybean Prayer part of your Easter traditions? Let me know in the comments!

**DISCLOSURE: This post contains Amazon.com affiliate links. If you purchase something using these links I may get a small amount of money. This does not change my opinion of the products recommended, all opinions are my own.

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*EASTER TRADITION: EASTER BUNNY TRACKS 2011
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*EASTER TRADITION: EASTER BUNNY TRACKS 2012
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*EASTER TRADITION: EASTER BUNNY TRACKS 2013
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*50+ EASTER EGG DECORATING IDEAS
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April Holiday Traditions


Fun family traditions for the month of April

April is almost here and it’s time to start planning your holiday traditions!
Here are some ideas for family traditions for April holidays.

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*30+ APRIL FOOLS PRANKS TO PLAY ON YOUR KIDS
April Fools Pranks to play on your kids

If you’re not really digging the idea of pranking your kids maybe you can come together
as a family and create some silly and foolish April Fools Day fun with these…
*APRIL FOOLS DAY FAMILY TRADITIONS!
April Fools Day Family Traditions

*FREE APRIL FOOLS PRINTABLES!
Just print and prank!
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Free April Fools Day Printables

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*EASTER TRADITION: MAGIC JELLYBEAN PRAYER AND LOLLIPOP GARDEN
Magic Jellybean Prayer and Lollipop Garden

*FREE PRINTABLE EASTER BUNNY PAW PRINT TEMPLATE
Free Printable Easter Bunny Paw Print Template

*EASTER TRADITION: EASTER BUNNY TRACKS 2011
Bunny Paw Print Trail

*EASTER TRADITION: EASTER BUNNY TRACKS 2012
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*EASTER TRADITION: EASTER BUNNY TRACKS 2013
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*50+ EASTER EGG DECORATING IDEAS
Round up of 50+ Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

*NATURAL DYES FOR COLORING EASTER EGGS
Natural dyes for coloring Easter eggs

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MARCH HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
March Holiday Traditions

FEBRUARY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS
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March Holiday Traditions


March Holiday Traditions

March is almost here and it’s time to start planning your holiday traditions! Here are some ideas for family traditions for March Holidays.

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March 02 is Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day (March 03 for 2014)

*Celebrating Seuss
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with green eggs and ham, create a Foot Book,
and make Thidwick moose antlers from hand tracings!

Ideas for Celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday

*A Splendiferous Dr. Seuss Breakfast
Green eggs and ham, bread butterside up, and Moose Juice!
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*10 Easy Dr. Seuss Snacks
10 Easy Dr. Seuss Snacks

*FREE Dr. Seuss Fonts
These free Dr. Seuss fonts can be used for printables, invitations, birthday parties,
baby showers, school classrooms / preschool, and more!

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*Dr. Seuss Posts
Links to all of my Dr. Seuss posts.
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St. Patrick’s Day is March 17!
Leprechauns, shamrocks, clover, green, rainbows, and pots of gold!

*St. Patrick’s Day: Leprechaun Trickery
All of my posts in the “leprechaun” category in one convenient place
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*Leprechaun Visit 2011
Leprechaun tricks, pranks, and mischief. He leaves green footprints,
turns the toilet water green, turns the milk green, and makes a huge mess!

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*Leprechaun Visit 2013
More leprechaun trickery including green footprints, and toilet papering the house!
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*50+ FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables
Free St Patricks Day Printables

*30+ April Fools Pranks to Play on Your Kids!
These April Fools pranks also work great as leprechaun,
Elf on the Shelf, and Thing 1 and Thing 2 mischief!

April Fools Pranks to play on your kids

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Easter is usually in April (like this year, 2014) but sometimes it happens in March.
Click the label above to visit the “Easter” category for related posts.

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Easter Tradition: Easter Bunny Paw Print Tracks (2012)


Easter bunny paw prints trail

The Easter Bunny visited and left a messy paw print trail all over the family room again!

(Watch video here)

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The bunny hopped in through the window and onto the sofa before hopping off to hide the Easter baskets.

Easter bunny paw prints trail

He hopped straight ahead and hid Jonathan’s Easter basket near the chair.

Easter bunny paw prints trail

And then the Easter Bunny hopped onto the chair and his trail continued across Adaline’s toy table (where he had left some Cadbury Eggs for Mommy and Daddy)…

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The Easter Bunny’s paw print tracks led to Adaline’s toy basket in the corner of the room where he hid her Easter basket.

Easter bunny paw prints trail

From there he hopped onto the end table and loveseat…

Easter bunny paw prints trail

…and then he hopped across the room again.

Easter bunny paw prints trail

And finally he hopped back onto the sofa and out of the window the way he came in.

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Does the Easter Bunny leave paw prints at your house? Does he hide the Easter basket?
Let me know in the comments!

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Free Printable Easter Bunny Paw Print Template
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*EASTER TRADITION: EASTER BUNNY TRACKS 2013
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*50+ EASTER EGG DECORATING IDEAS
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*NATURAL DYES FOR COLORING EASTER EGGS
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30+ April Fools Pranks to Play on Your Kids!


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April Fools Pranks to play on your kids

April 1st, is April Fools Day! Here are some fun, safe, quick, easy, harmless pranks to play on your kids.
*Please remember to use your own discretion regarding pranking your child. Each child is different. Please do not prank a child that is overly sensitive, easily embarrassed, or one that simply can’t take a joke. Keep in mind the age of the child. Some pranks are more appropriate for tweens and teenagers as younger kids may get upset or simply not “get it”.*

PRANKS WHILE THEY’RE SLEEPING
*Draw on them with washable markers: Sneak into your kids’ rooms at night and draw on their faces with washable markers. Draw pink hearts on the boys or the classic mustache on the girls, or sign a message like “Gotcha!” or “April Fools” (bonus points for writing it backwards on their forehead so that it’s readable when they look in the mirror!)
*Move them into a different bed: While your kids are sleeping gently move them to a different room/bed in the house.
*Change and hide the alarm clock: Change the time on the alarm clock and hide it in the room (under the bed?) so that when it goes off your child will have to search for it to turn it off.

PRANKS FOR GETTING READY IN THE MORNING
*Model Parent: Make a fake parent and set them up at the breakfast table. Even funnier if the real parent comes into the room later before the kids discover the fake one!

*Put salt on their toothbrush: Wet the toothbrush and then dab it into salt. Be sure to shake off the extra salt before putting it back.
*Latherless soap: Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish and put in the shower/bathtub. This makes the soap appear normal, but it won’t lather at all!
Put one at the kitchen sink too!

*Stuff their shoes with tissue paper: Put tissue paper in the toe so they can’t get their shoes on all the way. This is the perfect complement to the small-clothes trick below.
*Replace your child’s clothes with smaller ones: This would work best if you were able to duplicate the same outfit in a smaller size, otherwise the kids might notice that their old clothes are back in the drawer.
*Sew all of their underwear together: This requires only a few stitches at the side seams, then fold neatly and place back in the drawer.

*Early Wake Up!: Change all of the clocks and wake the kids up for school (at 3 a.m.) and serve them breakfast. Mom and dad should be already dressed for the day however they normally would be. Feed them breakfast and start out the door…once they’re outside they’ll notice it’s dark…April Fools! It would be great to have an April Fools sign outside…maybe even something made with glow sticks that shine in the dark ;)!
*Don’t be late!: Set all of the clocks in your house an hour early and hurry everyone as if you will all be late.
*School on a Weekend: If April Fool’s day is on a Saturday wake up the kids like a normal school day. Go through your regular school day routine and even drive them to school! When they’re about to get out of the car (or they notice the parking lot is empty!) say “April Fools!”.
*Scroll down to the “Around the House” pranks section for tips on coloring your bath water.
*If you do have somewhere to go, you may want to keep an outfit the correct size, pair of underwear, good bar of soap, and unsalted toothbrush set aside to keep you on schedule ;).

PRANKS FOR BREAKFAST
*Cereal Box Mix Up: Take all of the cereal out of their original boxes and put it back into a different box.
*String the Cheerios: String an entire box of Cheerios or other “o” shaped cereal on one long string and put it back in the box.
*That’s not cereal!: Remove the cereal from the box and replace it with packing peanuts or some other type of non-food that pours.
*Freeze the cereal: Freeze a bowl of cereal and milk with the spoon inside.
*Magic Milk Bowl: This trick makes milk change color when it’s poured on top of cereal. Put a drop of food coloring on the bottom of a bowl or glass and the milk will change color when poured on top.

PRANKS WITH DRINKS
*Gelled Juice: A thirsty family member is the perfect target for this glassful of trickery that’s impossible to drink. And since the undrinkable beverage is made by the batch, you’ll be able to fool more than one person.

*Vinegar Juice: Replace apple juice with vinegar. Yuck!
*Colorful Milk: Put food coloring into the milk container, it will pour a different color and surprise the kids. This obviously won’t work with the see-through jugs as you’ll be able to see it before pouring.

*Frozen Milk/Juice: Freeze your drinks while still in the container so they won’t pour

*PRANKS FOR A GAG LUNCH

Can’t Un-Ziplock: To set up the prank, zip the bag closed and place a length of double-sided scrapbook tape on one of the flaps just above the closure. Firmly press the flaps together to make them stick. Your kids won’t be able to unzip their sandwich!
Wormy Apple: Use a plastic ballpoint pen, washed and with the ink cartridge removed, to bore a hole in the fruit, then insert a gummy worm. (Don’t make it the night before, or the worm may get mushy.)
Snack Switcheroo: Make the switch by carefully opening a snack bag along the top seam. Empty out the original contents and fill the bag with another edible item such as baby carrots. Add a playful message such as “April Fools!,” then use a strip of double-sided tape to reseal the bag along the seam.
This sneaky mom opened the snack bags from the bottom.

Slice a banana without peeling it: When your kids peel the banana, they’ll find the fruit inside is already cut into bite-size pieces.

PRANKS FOR DINNER AND DESSERT
*Backwards dinner!: Serve breakfast for dinner or serve dessert first. That would work well with the next prank below!
*Dinner/Dessert Disguise: Here are some great recipes for making your dinner look like dessert or making cupcakes that look like other food. Announce “dessert first!” and then serve the kids this ice cream sundae that’s actually mashed potatoes and gravy!

*Fly in the Ice: Freeze a plastic fly inside an ice cube.
*Salt/Sugar Switch: Replace sugar with salt. Only do this if one of these is used every day (like in coffee or tea) otherwise you may forget and end up cooking with it!

FUN WITH UTENSILS AND DINNERWARE
*Mixed up place settings: Set the dinner table with all of the plates, cups and utensils upside down or put all of the silverware at one place all of the plates at another, etc.
*Use giant utensils, tiny plate: Set the table with giant serving spoons and tiny plates (like saucers or dessert plates) to eat with.
*Serve food in a glass and drinks in a bowl or on a plate?! Messy!
*Declare all utensils forbidden…eat with your hands!

PRANKS to set up WHILE THEY’RE AT SCHOOL
*Switch the drawers: Either move around the contents of the drawers (underwear where the pants go, etc.) or switch siblings drawers
*Rearrange the Room: This one takes some time and effort. You could just move around the furniture or turn everything backwards and upside down. You can go as far as turning pictures, posters, and shelves on the walls upside down or backwards.
*Short sheet the bed: And oldie, but a goodie. Instructions found here.

PRANKS AROUND THE HOUSE
*Take the batteries out of the remotes: This is sure to frustrate older children and husbands alike!
*Make your water change color: Add Crayola Color Dotz Bath Tub Tints inside the faucet by unscrewing the cap on the faucet, and setting a couple of tablets inside.
Not just for the kitchen sink…use these in the bathtub or shower, or simply run a bath for the kids and add food coloring!


*Tape the hose open: Wrap a rubber band around the kitchen sink sprayer so whoever turns on the faucet gets a big, wet surprise.

*Toilet paper messages: Unroll a roll of toilet paper and write messages or jokes on some of the sheets inside, roll it back up and place it on the holder (I personally like “Help, I’ve been kidnapped and forced to work in a toilet paper factory!”).
You can also write a note (or a joke) to your kid on toilet paper with a Sharpie and then place it in the toilet bowl right before they go to the bathroom.
(The classic “I C U P” is always a winner 😉 )


After giving a clue of what’s to come using the Joke on the Water prank above, send your target laughing all the way to her piggy bank. Conceal a dollar bill inside your toilet paper roll by unwinding it several turns, then wrapping it back up with the bill inside. Rehang the roll flap-side down as shown. When your target tugs at the tissue, the money will spill out.

NOTE: If your house is visited by tricky Leprechauns , Christmas Elves (Elf on the Shelf), or Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 and Thing 2 throughout the year, you may want to skip certain “magical” tricks and leave them for the legendary figures ;). Recycle some of their pranks and tricks to use on April Fools Day when the kids are older and stop believing 😦

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Do you play pranks on your kids on April Fools Day? Let me know in the comments!

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