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April Fools Day

April 1

 

Tell Jokes

It's always amusing to me that my children and even grandchildren come up with many of the same jokes I heard when I was their age. There is something about humor that is perpetuated throughout generations. Have each person tell a joke, read some out of a "good, clean joke book" or try your hand at making up some of your own.

 

Silliness

Have some silly fun with your family. Wake members up early and make it seem like they've overslept. This can be especially fun this year because April Fools' Day falls on a weekend. You can tell them they are late for school. Or look at them strangely and ask what the funny rash is on their face.

 

Fool's Foods

Serve tacos for breakfast and cereal for dinner. At dinner time, serve dessert first and end with a salad. You can also mix and match your menu and serve Chinese egg rolls with pizza, tamales and sauerkraut or some other odd combination. Serve it on the bottom of a plate instead of the top.

 

Oh, and  don't forget to giggle when they come back at you with an April Fool's Day trick of their own. Keep it safe and never let tricks get mean spirited or harmful. The idea is to have some fun.

 


Passover

Make Charoset

Have children help with the preparations, especially making the sweet Charoset, which is a paste made by mixing finely chopped apples, almonds, raisins and cinnamon. It can all be done "to taste" with lots of grated or chopped apples, a smaller amount of raisins and almonds and enough cinnamon and a little sugar to make it sweet and flavorful. You can mix everything in a food processor to make it more like a paste. Charoset represents the sweet things in life.

 

If Passover is part of your family tradition, invite friends to join you for a Seder meal. Children can help to set the table, prepare the Seder plate and more. Get them involved, teach them the meaning of each part of the ceremony. If this is not part of your family tradition, you might take time to learn a little about Passover and use what you discover to help you and your family understand a tradition of others.


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FOR A CHILD

The Boy Who Found Hashem

by Fangette Willett


International Children's Book Day

April 2nd

Read with a Friend

Read with a stuffed toy or character from a story. Share a story with a teddy bear or read to dolls. Use puppets to tell stories and make them more fun.

Make a "Gertie Doll" (click for pattern) to go with the book Gertie's Christmas Magic. (Click for book information.)


Pet Owner's Day

April 18th

Pamper Your Pet

(Real or imaginary)

 

Give your pet an extra treat, a new toy, more attention than usual, provide a bath, a walk or whatever your pet enjoys most. If you pet is imaginary or a stuffed animal, have a pet party, a teddy bear picnic or tea party. Give it plenty of "pet hugs".


Hug a Friend Day

April 26th

Make "Bear-Hugs" for friends

Make simple bears using felt, fabric, construction paper or craft foam. Give these "Bear Hugs" to friends as a surprise for Hug-a-Friend Day. For a special touch, put a bear in a can, add some Hershey's Kisses and a label that says, "Canned Love, Contents: Hugs and Kisses; Net Weight: a Bushel and a Peck."


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North Pole Discovered

April 6th

Create Your Own Adventure

Grab stuffed animals or draw your own polar bears and create a "north pole" area that includes them. Place an old white sheet (Does anyone actually use white sheets anymore?) on the floor for pretend snow. Use your imagination if one is not available. Put on gloves and a ski cap and create your own adventure of searching for the North Pole. Plant a flag when you "discover" it.


Earth Day

April 22

 

Get outdoors and enjoy nature.

Take a walk together. Great conversations can happen when you are walking. Look for signs of spring. Kick a stone while you are walking and see if you can kick the same stone throughout the entire walk. Count the number of animals you see on your walk. Plant something. Nurture it and watch it grow.

 

DO Something to Protect the Environment

Talk to children about recycling things like aluminum cans, papers etc. If you already do this, discuss why it is a good idea and involve them in helping to do it. Pick-up litter. (Do this safely and avoid anything that could be a potential bio-hazard or sharp and dangerous.)

Make a point of turning off lights and electrical equipment that is not in use.


Have Fun with April Showers

As long as there's no lightning, splash in the puddles. Float boats in the puddles too. Make simple boats using folded paper, float toy boats, float leaves, or make a boat from aluminum foil. You can wear rain boots and a raincoat, or just go barefoot if it's warm.

You can also play in the mud and make villages, roads and more.

Take a walk in the rain with an umbrella. Smell the rain. Watch to see if earthworms come out to play in the rain. (They do around here.) Put an empty can outside and see how much rain you can catch in it.

A rainy day can also be a great day to play inside in a sheet tent.


Have a Raindrop Race

 

When raindrops are hitting a window, get a friend or parent to join you in this game. You each choose a raindrop at the top of the window and watch your drop as it moves to the bottom of the window. The first raindrop to reach the bottom is the winner. Then choose another set of raindrops and do it again.


Thomas Jefferson's Birthday

April 13th

Try some Calligraphy and Read the Declaration of Independence

Try some simple calligraphy with chisel-tipped felt markers or, for older children try Speedball pens with bottled India Ink. If you can get a feather quill pen, try that for fun, it will give kids a better idea of the history of the Declaration of Independence. Write on plain paper or sheets of parchment paper. Use your skill to make your own greeting cards, place cards or even certificates of appreciation.

 

Read the Declaration of Independence. Discuss what you have read. Do a little research and find out about Thomas Jefferson. He was 33 years old when he wrote it.


Make a Flower Puppet

(Idea from Linda Brittain, author of several puppet books.)

Start with a paper plate and a paper cup. Trace the top of the cup onto the center of the paper plate. Cut the circle shape, slightly smaller than the traced circle,  in the middle of the plate. Cut the plate so that is has petals all around. Color or paint the plate and the cup. Draw eyes on the plate above the cut-out circle. Cut the cup in half (vertically). Trace the shape of the half cup twice onto a piece of poster board or index card. Cut the shapes out and glue them to the cut edges of each of the two pieces of the cup. Hold the cup together (with the new pieces glued in place). Place the cup through the round hole in the center of the plate. Tape the cup in place. Use it as a flower puppet. Put your hand in the mouth, made of cups, to make your puppet talk.

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Tell a Story Day

April 27

 

Tell a Continuous Story

Make up a progressive story. One person starts the story and then stops and the next person adds to the story and stops. Keep going until everyone has had a turn or someone puts an end on the story. It's creative fun.

 

Take story-telling one extra step. Use a puppet or puppets to tell the story. Have a child or children add sound effects to the tale. Use a doll or stuffed animal to tell the story. Have children draw their own pictures of what the story is about. (Don't let them look at pictures in the book.) Tell a story of your own.

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Listening Day

April 9th

 

Play a Game of "Gossip"

Learn the value of listening and paying attention to what you hear by playing the game of "Gossip". It takes several players--the more people--the better the result. The first person whispers a sentence or two, quickly, to the second person. The second person passes it on to the third in the same manner. This continues to the last person in the game. The last person states aloud what was heard. It's usually quite different from what was said in the first place.


Encourage Young Writers Day

APRIL 10th

 

Let Your Words Take Flight

Write something about flying. Fill a single sheet of paper with a short story or poem about birds, planes, rockets, bumblebees or an imaginary flight. Once you have written it, fold you paper into a paper airplane and send it flying around the room.

 

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National Honesty Day

April 28th

Tell Tall Tales and Discuss Telling the Truth

Read some tall tales like the story of Paul Bunyon and Babe the Blue Ox. Make up some exaggerated tales of your own for fun. Then discuss what happens if "tall tales" are presented as truth, when they are not.


 

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A responsible adult should supervise any child or children taking part in any of the activities listed on this website in order to avoid potential dangers or injuries. Their are no activities for children that are completely safe. Children are experts at finding ways to get hurt that never occur to adults. All activities should be supervised. The author/publisher of this site does not assume any liability for damage caused by injury sustained by conducting any of the projects on this site. The adults who are working/playing with children are the only ones who are able to discern whether a specific situation is safe or appropriate for a specific child or children.


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