April Fools' Day Tricks to Try

April 1, 2015 | Diane

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Back before call display existed, my parents used to prank call me on April Fools' Day with a made-up tale of how I'd won a contest with a fabulous prize, complete with disguised voices and everything. I'd like to say that I was only fooled once with this gem, but it definitely worked on more than one occasion.

You likely wouldn't get away with that trick today, but there are lots of other easy ways to play a few harmless pranks at home that your kids will totally fall for, like the ones on this list from Buzzfeed. Number 13 is just plain mean, though. No one should mess with chocolate chip cookies!

Kids love learning about hoaxes and pranks, and questioning the legitimacy of myths is a great way to promote critical thinking skills. Here are some excellent books that not only uncover fakes, but also show the science behind the discovery:

Fooled You! Fakes and Hoaxes Through the Years 100% Pure Fake Hoaxed! Fakes and Mistakes in the World of Science

The TwitsOne of my favourite children's books of all time is Roald Dahl's hilarious tale, The Twits. The plot revolves around Mr. and Mrs. Twit, a horrible married couple who play despicable practical jokes on one another. They get their comeuppance at the end of the story when they are outsmarted by a family of mistreated monkeys.

Kids LOVE this book. The only downside to sharing it with yours? You just gave them a whole whack of April Fools' Day ideas for next year.