Every year my kids anxiously await the April Fools’ Day food fun in our house. While it’s a bit of work on my part, that work is well worth it when the kids giggle with glee over what they may find when they come to the table. They love to have surprises throughout the day-like having ostrich eggs for breakfast, a brown E with their school lunch (or maybe a wooden cookie), and a meatloaf “cupcake” with apple “French fries” for dessert.
Here are some ideas for food surprises for April Fools’ Day:
- Ostrich eggs. My kids ask for these every April Fools’ Day. They look like oversized sunny side up fried eggs with a huge yolk, but in reality they are made of vanilla (or plain) yogurt and a half of a peach. Spoon some yogurt onto the plate to serve as the egg white, then top it with a half of a peach (fresh or canned in its own juices) to serve as the yolk. The first year that I did this, the kids truly thought that I was serving ostrich eggs.
- Donuts. These “donuts” look like donuts and taste delicious, but they’re really peaches.
- Cupcakes. The kids love when I make meatloaf cupcakes. Just prepare your meatloaf in a muffin tin, top the meatloaf cupcakes with mashed potato icing and decorate with pea sprinkles or other fun garnishes.
- Fruit punch. Or at least it looks like it. This one is another of our favorites! Prepare your jello, pour it into drinking cups and insert a straw into each cup. Refrigerate until firm, then serve this undrinkable drink with snack for a fun surprise.
- Mini pumpkin pies. This cheese and cracker combo is another great one for snack time. You can just use the cheese and triscuits and still get great results, though the dollop of cream cheese whipped cream is a great touch.
- Worm in my apple? Make a tiny hole in an apple and use a fruit leather to make a worm appear to be coming out of the apple.
- French fries. Apple French fries have always been a hit at our house.
- Hot dog. Serve up a banana hot dog. Start with a whole wheat hot dog bun, add your favorite nut butter, top with a banana, then drizzle with honey or jelly instead of mustard.
- Carrots. These cheese carrots certainly look like carrots, but they are really cheese. Serve them with your favorite whole wheat crackers. And if you prefer individual portions, make tiny carrots or baby carrots.
- Micro meal. Serve a tiny meal for dinner and present your best serious face. It will be tough not to laugh though. Once the kids’ laughter has died down, you can serve your real dinner.
- Meatballs for snack? These delicious chia energy bites, served as balls without the add-ins, look a lot like meatballs.
A few extra ideas that I have used or seen for packing up a school lunch include the following:
- For “dessert,” send brown-E’s. Cut out E’s from brown paper and add them to the lunch box for a fun April Fools’ day joke.
- Send pretend food for dessert. Do you have any wooden play cookies? Or a slice of plastic cake or a scoop of plastic ice cream? Send it to stand in for dessert.
- Draw eyeballs on everything that can be drawn on. Use a sharpie to draw eyes onto a banana or orange peel, onto the sandwich bag or fruit cup, and on your child’s drink.
- Take a bite. Cut a bite out of your child’s lunch and leave a note with it saying, “I hope you don’t mind that I took a bite.”
Do you have any favorite April Fools’ Day food fun suggestions? We’d love to hear from you. From simple to complex, all ideas are welcome so that April Fools’ Day can be full of food foolin’ fun.