Sunday, March 28, 2010

April Fools Tricks

Want to get your kids good on April Fools this year? Here are fun ideas for you:
1. Sink Surprise
Get your kids (and husband too if you want) with this wet surprise.
First you tie a rubberband around the handle to the hose on your kitchen sink, so that it will be held down at all times. Then aim the hose so that it is facing the person turning the faucet. Ask them to get you a drink of water or to rinse a dish & SPLASH!

2. Freeze their milk
Put your child's glass of milk in the freezer over night then top it with unfrozen milk in the morning. The look on their face when no more milk comes out of the glass will be priceless!

3. Make them fried marshmallow eggs and "toast" for breakfast

Ingredients for eggs:
2 tsp butter
12 marshmallows
2 dried whole apricots

Step One:
Place a piece of aluminum foil on a flat working surface and then grease the surface of the foil with 1 teaspoon of the butter.

Step Two:
In a small saucepan, melt the second teaspoon of butter over low heat. As soon as it has melted, add the marshmallows to the pan and turn up the heat to medium-low. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon until the marshmallows are completely melted and have just started to bubble.

Step Three:
Immediately remove the pan from the heat and spoon the melted marshmallow, in 2 separate blobs, onto the greased foil. You have to work fast, before the marshmallow begins to solidify again. TIP: When spooning the melted marshmallow onto the greased foil, work quickly, using the back of the spoon to spread out the "egg white" a bit.

Step Four:
Shape 2 dried whole apricots and gently press each one, rounded side up, into the center of a marshmallow blob. TIP: To make a dried apricot look just like a dome-shaped egg yolk, use your thumbs to push the center of the fruit until it is concave.Step Five:When the marshmallow has set enough to hold together, but before it stiffens too much, use a spatula to transfer the eggs to a breakfast plate. TIP: Once the candy eggs have set, insert a plastic spatula beneath each one and, at the same time, use your fingers to gently peel the marshmallow from the foil.

Ingredients for toast:
Loaf of Angel Food or pound cake
Jam or Preserves

Step One:

Slice cake in 1/2 inch slices.

Step Two:
Toast under the broiler for a few minutes until lightly brown.

Step Three:
Spread with your favorite jam or preserves.
They will be surprised when they take a taste!

4. Prank Matching Game
Use this link to print a matching game with no matches! It may take awhile for them to catch on to this one.

*Most ideas and pictures are courtesy of Family Fun. You can find more ideas here.

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