Doughnut Seeds Part 1 (Shhhh….)

So, continuing the April Fool’s Day surprise prep:

Today was a BEAUTIFUL day. A perfect day to send the kids outside to ride their bikes and play

while I made this:

I grabbed a price sticker from something else to cover up the “really not guaranteed to grow ANYTHING” part.

A little background history:  I love the thought of a big beautiful vegetable garden.  I don’t exactly have a green thumb, though.  And the kids know both of these things.

So the kids came in from riding:

And once the initial excitement wore off, then reality sunk in, and they proceeded to pity me.

“Mom, $1.25 for Doughnut Seeds?  You got swindled by a joker,” Sam said, shaking his head.  But Anabelle convinced them that it wouldn’t hurt to at least try to plant them and see what would come up.

Until, that is, they saw the ‘seeds’ and proceeded to laugh that they must be Cheerios.

I ‘planted’ (hardy-har) the idea that doughnut seeds should resemble doughnuts, and they once again, humored me, snickering while planting.

And then erupted in guffaws and shouts of “No!” when Sugar grabbed a “seed” off the top of the dirt and ate it.

They watered it, and Sam went back inside, smiling but shaking his head at me.  “A dollar-twenty-five,” he muttered.

Until tomorrow  (hee-hee)….

Preparation for April Fool’s Day!

It’s Spring Break, which means 9 full days of celebrating at home, which also means chaos and playdates and baking and inventing and… did I mention chaos?

Yet Friday is April Fool’s Day, and I would be a fool not to do some prep work!

The worst April Fool’s Day prank? When my son, a couple years ago, got some ketchup packets and placed them between the lids of the commode so that when someone sat then… well, you get the idea. He’d be in BIG trouble if not for the fact his dad knew about it ahead of time!

The best pranks?
Leaving a voicemail at my husband’s work, in a funny accent, asking him to call Mr.Lyon and leaving the zoo’s phone number.

Using the find/replace feature of Microsoft Word so that whenever the user typed ‘the’ it wrote instead ‘Happy April Fool’s Day!’.

And, my personal favorite, planting watermelon starter seeds and when the kids woke up they found a baby watermelon sitting on top of the starter.

It took them a moment, but they LOVED that joke. Which is why I like this plant joke from Family Fun Magazine:
Doughnut Seeds in the form of Cheerios! Planted ahead of time, they might just produce a box of doughnuts for Friday morning. We’ll see.

Or, a project idea that I’ve had since Christmas: do-it-yourself fortune cookies!

I’ll make some chicken fried rice (or get some take out depending on how the day goes) and slip some of these homemade cookies with the meal!  Instead of typical fortunes, I plan on slipping in the following ‘truths’ for the kids:

You Will Lose All Your Teeth

Your Clothes Are Gradually Shrinking

Your Mom is Hiding Some M&Ms to Put In Her Popcorn

And for hubby, as I think of an upcoming Goodwill trip:

Your Clothes Will Start Disappearing Soon

Do you have any great April 1st ideas?  We have banned the rubber band around the sink sprayer prank!

Mentos Geyser

The Mentos Geyser experiment is so much fun!!! You will need a Be Amazing Geyser Tube Card (Thanks, Uncle John!) – it comes with a built in trigger pin and a long string so you can stand back before letting the geyser fly! I think I’ve seen them at Wal-mart for those who don’t like online shopping.

Bouncing Bubbles!!!

Need more motivation to try Bouncing Bubbles? Remember the secret is to let the formula sit for 24 hours before use & wear CLEAN knit gloves!