Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Creative Nanny Wednesday: Tomorrow is April Fools Day!

April Fools Joke

My 11 year old absolutely loves April Fools Day.Every year she enlists my help in figuring out something fun to do her big brother.Last year we did this "Milk Joke" and even though he didn't laugh at the time, once he got to school he did tell his friends that he thought it was pretty funny.It was easy to do and didn't take a lot of time.

We took 1 packet of clear powdered gelatin and mixed it with 2 T of water.
We let it stand for about 5 minutes.
Then we warmed 2 Cups of milk in the microwave and slowly mixed it into the gelatin mixture.
Then we took the milk out of the jug in the refrigator and poured it into a pitcher and poured the gelatin mixtureinto the jug.
It takes about 2 hours for the mixture to set.
When her brother tried to pour his milk for breakfast the next morning the milk would not come out.

You could also do this with juice by adding gelatin (Jell-O) in the color of the juice.

For younger kids you might just want to teach them about the silliness of April Fools Day with something simple like: Your shoes untied. Younger children don't always get the kind of humor that April Fools jokes require, and it's hard to make them understand that there is a difference between telling a lie and playing a joke.

If you do play an April Fools joke, please share it with us. We love to hear from you!
(Graphic from PC Hugware)

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