April 1st, or April Fool's Day, is the one day of the year when people are encouraged to play practical jokes on their friends and family. Kids love to get into the act and have a little fun at their classmates' expense. It is important to plan activities for kids on this day that are fun, but won't hurt anyone emotionally or physically.
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Encourage the children to dress up strangely on April Fools' Day. This could include wearing a piece of clothing, such as a T-shirt, backwards or inside out, wear a pair of shoes that do not match, wear a funny hat or wig, or fix their hair in an outrageous way. Smaller children could be encouraged to bring in their favourite stuffed toy donning a funny outfit.
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Help the children plan fun April Fools' Day tricks they could play on their parents. These could include placing food colouring in their milk or water, telling a funny joke or placing a rubber snake into their bed. Take this opportunity to teach the children the difference between jokes that are harmless and ones that can be hurtful.
Make up a few funny stories. They could involve anything from raining fish to a man who owned a talking dog. Tell these stories and ask the children if they believe the tales are true or false. Give prizes to the children who recognise that the stories are make believe. Then let the children make up their own wild, tall tales.
Give the children April Fools' day snack time options, such as milk that contains green food colouring, sandwiches that have cheese on the outside and bread on the inside or apple slices in a bowl that contains gummy worms. If lunch is served inside the classroom, give the children their dessert first followed by the main course.
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