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Many adults associate April Fools Day with pranks. But, as any parent who has tried to pull a practical joke or speak ironically to their young child knows, kids do not always experience (or appreciate) pranks as we do. What if we reframed April Fools Day as Get Silly Day? Kids are experts at all things silly! When we get silly, we delight kids and we enter into their world in a way that really gets their attention. Plus, adding some humor to play is a super way to spark the kind of joy that helps kids (and us) thrive. As part of our April Calendar of activities, we say, "Let's make this April 1st (and every day!) a day for silly moments and belly laughs for all!
Adding silliness to your family routines is a super way to spark joy, an emotion that impacts our bodies and our minds in lasting ways. And, a good sense of humor gives kids the tools they need to see things from many perspectives, a cornerstone of empathic thinking. Humor also helps kids think flexibly and grasp unconventional ways of approaching a situation—both of which allow for divergent thinking, an essential component of creativity.