silly april fool’s bugs that you can eat! (and nfuf link-up!)
April Fool’s Day is practically upon us, and I thought that before I served the kids jell-o in their juice cups tomorrow (seriously, how funny is that?!), I knew I wanted to do something that would top last year’s April Fool’s win.
So I thought and though and thought some more and came up with fake bugs–what’s better than a good bug scare, right?
I knew Maddy had a play date planned for this morning, so my idea was this: serve Maddy and her pals their snack but (bam!) the fake bugs would be in the snack bowls. And (eeee!) instead of killing the ‘bugs’, I would run over, grab one, and put it in my mouth, chew it, and swallow it. Smiling.
Woot! April Fool’s jackpot!
It didn’t go quite as planned. But it was still really funny (probably more for me) but the girls had a fun time playing with candy–eating the candy–and trying their hardest to make bugs that would scare the pants off of their brothers, sisters, and parents. This New For Us Friday was rockin all-around. (Please consider linking up at the end!)
Here’s how it went:
- Silly April Fool’s Bugs (that we ate!): When I say I thought about this, I’m not joking. I talked to my sister about how I could make candy bugs for much longer than I would care to admit. I tried and tried and tried to master the art of candy-stink-bug-making, only to fail miserably.
Yesterday, Cora and I really tried to make stink bugs on two separate occasions, until finally she said, Mommy, let’s just do another bug. She was right. We needed to move forward. So we did.
our bug-making supplies
I used a black icing mixed into a marzipan candy dough I found at the grocery store, but I just couldn’t get it flat enough, I couldn’t make legs or antenna that were skinny or strong enough, and I couldn’t make it textured enough. It did create a mean millipede, a teeny, skinny wormish guy, but that was it.
I moved onto bigger and I probably could have stuck with Tootsie Rolls–the flavored kind–for everything that we ended up doing. It was fine for creating little made-up bugs–teeny green bugs with white (marzipan) wings and eyes.
Cora and my bugs–ready to trick the girls!
To ‘spook’ Maddy and her friends, Cora (the kiddo who just can’t whisper and is probably the worst at secret-keeping) and I made:
- Tiny Green Bugs: using a green Tootsie Roll, plain (uncolored) marzipan wings, and blackish marzipan eyes
- Flat White Bugs (called a stink bug to my utter joy by one of Maddy’s buddies): using a white Tootsie Roll, brown M & M, teeny slivers of purple Twizzler for legs and tiny specs of chocolate chip for eyes
- Flying Jumbo Ant: using black marzipan for segmented body, yellow Tootsie Roll for wings, and white marzipan for eyes
I poured some Goldfish, snack of every playdate, into bowls, and called the girls to the table.
Cora was sooo calm and cool, and I’m sure she wasn’t staring into each kid’s bowl.
One of Maddy’s friends dug in and paused. I said, Are you okay, honey?
What, you mean the goldfish? Sure. I was so busy putting away dishes, I hardly noticed the poor kid.
Uh, no–um, this. . . uh. . .
I walked over and it was over: OH MY GOSH ARE YOU KIDDING ME? There’s a bug in there? Oh NO!! What do I– How did that–
By then the other kids came in and were pondering their bugs. Maddy was a cucumber: Mom, really? Is this candy or something? You’d think she was like 25.
Fine. They’re candy. But I really tried to get you and you are all way too smart for me. So how about when you’re done with your fish, we can put our heads together and make some totally awesome, absolutely terrifying bugs that will scare the pants off of your family? Tomorrow’s April Fool’s Day–you have to trick someone. . .
Maddy rolls her marzipan with red food coloring to make the most realistic ladybugs evah.
Really, the girls needed no arm-twisting. They were totally into it before we even started. I laid out a spread of candy bug options, but they figured everything out quickly.
I stressed the importance of tiny–teeny, teeny, teeny–for the bugs to even look a bit real, but they didn’t worry. We rolled, cut, twisted, stretched and ate more candy than I’ll ever admit to their moms (who are my great friends and who will love me anyway).
Maddy’s bug. So real, it’s frightening.
They added antenna, made legs, and added color; they chatted about this and that, about what bugs we like–and don’t–and who they wanted to scare tomorrow. They added wings to this and that, made bodies long and short, used everything on the table.
They put their bugs in bags and when they left, they said they’d hide it and use it tomorrow. We’ll see. . .
Seriously, Owen, it didn’t scare you even a little bit? C’mon–
Mom, no way.
Just wait till they try drinking their Jello-O juice tomorrow at breakfast. . .
New For Us Friday LINK-UP: Did you do something new this week? Try an APRIL FOOL’S TRICK?? A new food? Watch a new show? Go somewhere different? Give a new product a try? Read a new book? Anything goes!
Link up all week long to a post where you or your family tries something new, out-of-the-ordinary, or exciting. Our goal for New For Us Fridays is to step out of our comfort zone a bit and to get our little ones into the habit of doing the same. If we all share what we’re doing–even if it’s not a success–perhaps we’ll get our kiddos comfy trying something new or stepping out of habit a bit.
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