Family Fun During April Fool’s Day

We haven’t even recovered from all the fun from Easter yet, and we are welcoming yet another fun-loaded day–April Fool’s Day. I haven’t really paid much attention to this day before, but since I resolved to integrate more fun into our family life this year, I am joining this year’s ultimate day for pranks, shenanigans, and general tomfoolery.

Actually, I have been preparing for this day for weeks now, scourging the web for great ideas for the kids and my husband. So here are the tricks I decided to take on:

1. Hide a fake bug in my husband’s bedroom slippers.

2. Set up a line of my kids’ favorite stuffed toys waiting to use the bathroom.

3. Make a miniature breakfast–a sunny-side-up quail egg atop a piece of cocktail bread with a serving of milk in a shot glass.

4. Place a raisin in the end of the toothpaste tube, so that when someone squeezes out the paste, they’ll get what looks like a bug along with their paste.

5. And, maybe, just maybe, I’ll hide all the eating utensils by dinner time!

How about you? What fun things are you doing with your family today to celebrate April Fool’s Day? If you need some ideas, there are some great ones in this post, “10 Awesome April Fool’s Day Pranks.”

Fun Ideas to Keep Your Kids Busy This Winter Break

Now that the excitement of Christmas Eve and Christmas has passed you probably have a full two weeks of having the kids home full time from school. For them this is amazing, and they are probably really excited! The prospect of spending time with your children is also something most parents look forward to as well. It is freezing outside though, and it gets dark here at 4:45ish. So that really limits the fun activities that you might be able to do.

A recent post I read titled, “10 Things to Do with Your Kids Over Holiday Break” might be useful for you if you’re stuck with no ideas. The article suggests some cool ideas such as a day trip adventure, seeing movies, playing board games, and teaching your kids how to bake. It is going to depend on how old your children are, but there are always things to do. Getting the creative juices flowing seems to be the main issue. So if that has been your problem I suggest reading the article and having a brainstorm session when you are done.

Parenting Tip: Keeping Your Kids Busy This Month

As Christmas approaches the weather gets colder and the days get shorter. That means your kids will be inside a lot more, and with extra excitement as well due to the holiday season. Certainly it is a wonderful thing to see your kids excited for Advent and Christmas, but parents have a lot of things to accomplish around this time of year. Having your kids inside with tons of stored up energy is not totally ideal. Keeping your kids busy with small activities might be the best way to ensure that you still have some time alone to accomplish what you need to.

A recent post on The Mommy Mess talked about 25 Christmas Activities for Kids. A lot of these activities would be great solutions for your children’s excitement this month.