It’s not entirely certain how April Fools' Day got its start, but there are a few ideas. One theory goes back a long, long time ago to when the Western world followed a Julian calendar. The beginning of the New Year (March 25) was celebrated April 1. When people switched to the Gregorian calendar, the New Year began Jan. 1. People who continued to celebrate the day April 1 were called April Fools, and people would play jokes on them.
Name-calling aside, April 1 is now known far and wide as a day filled with silliness, and a time to pull fun pranks and practical jokes on your friends and family. Talk to your kids before the “holiday” about practical jokes and how they should be fun for everyone involved. No one likes a mean-spirited prank!
Here are a few fun, April Fools' Day food pranks your kids are sure to like!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? This is a fun (and nutritious) way to start the day, especially if your kids like eggs (and yogurt). You’ll need about 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt for each serving, along with either half a skinless peach or half a skinless apricot. When you’re ready to serve your “egg,” put the yogurt on a flat plate in a circular shape (to resemble the egg white portion of a fried egg). Next, place half the peach or apricot, with the flat side down, in the middle of the yogurt to resemble the egg yolk. Instant “fried egg!”
This is a juicy prank, courtesy of Disney Family Fun. When your kids are looking for a glass of juice to drink, they’ll be surprised to find they need a spoon for this serving! Prepared in a tall, clear glass with a straw, flavored gelatin (with a drop of food color) sets to look like juice! This is easy to put together: You’ll need lemon-flavored gelatin, a drop of red food color and a straw.
April Fools' Day food pranks that are in good fun will make it a day to remember. They might have your kids thinking, “Wait ‘til next year!”
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