Theme for the Week - April Fool's Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Fool's Day!  - Although the origins are sketchy, April Fool's Day is definitely a day of harmless fun. Let's learn a fun April Fool song, make a fake spider to "scare' people, learn a whole bunch of cute food tricks, and much more. Enjoy!

 

"The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year." - Mark Twain

 

This week, moms and toddlers have some fun with April Fool's Day-related activities, songs, stories, sign language for "Silly" and "Joke",  and so much more! While telling a joke to your toddler probably will not get much reaction, he/she may understand when 

you are being funny so try it this week with some funny little tricks - like turning the milk blue with drops of food coloring to see if your child notices!  Here's one of our favorite Mark Twain quotes: "It's better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool 

than to open it and leave no doubt." 

 

Letter of the Week: W  - for Holy Week (we'll celebrate Easter in next week's theme). Point out things that start with "W" -  worm, wiggle, wheel, whale. Show your toddler a picture of both a capital W and a lower case w. Draw a W on paper and let him/her trace over it, or use your child's finger to draw it in the sandbox or dirt. Use bath tub or refrigerator letters to show him/her this letter as well. 

 

Number of the Week: 1  - When you show your child anything say "1 wheel" (or whatever you are counting). Write the number 1 on paper or show your toddler a flash card. Show your child 1 thing at a time and count them - "one"  - so your child gets used to the pattern. If nothing else, just to hear the number is good for him/her.

 

Songs of the Week:  April Fool Song - We can't quite source the origin of this one but the link includes sheet music and the tune. Funny words! 

 

Story of the Week: April Fool's Day book list - It's always so hard to choose just one book so here is a list of a bunch of fun books about this day.  If you can't find these at your local library, you can try Amazon.com. Recently, I searched my local library on-line and placed holds on all the books I wanted and in a couple of days, they were ready to pick up.  Instead of trying to browse the shelves with a busy toddler, I picked them up, checked them out and was on my way.  Here's a link to public libraries in the United States if you'd like to see if your local branch is here. 

 

Snack of the Week:  Fake Food - These are such funny trick foods from Pinterest. Our favorite is the "fried chicken!

 

Spanish Words of the Week: April - abril, fool - tonto/tonta, silly - tonto or necio, joke - el chiste or una broma. Also check out the BBC's Muzzy from Early Advantage for teaching Spanish (or many other languages) to your child. They are fabulous! 

 

Do It Myself: Tickle Someone  - Since the idea of a joke is a bit of a stretch, your toddler will think it's hilarious if he/she tickles you and you collapse on the floor in fits of laughter. They'll know they did something funny. 

 

Activity of the Week: Handprint Spider - Any excuse to make a handprint craft I will take! It won't fool anyone but it's just so dang cute! Try it!

 

Yoga Pose: Bharadvaja's Twist - Since April Fool's Day involves "twisting" the truth, we thought this pose works for the week.  This link is from  Yoga Journal.  PS - Our kids always liked the Yoga Kids series if you'd like more ideas for doing yoga with your toddler. 

 

Sign Language Sign of the Week: AprilSillySurprisedJoke.   If your toddler is still learning how to talk, sign language can be a great way for them to communicate.  And as they get older, they'll pick up signs faster and it can be more of a fun thing versus a way to communicate.    

 

Remember to give your toddler/preschooler a hug and tell him/her you love them. Hope you have a wonderful week!   

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