This is the first year any of the children has caught on to the idea of April Fool's Day. Miss M was enthralled. It didn't help that her school teacher was helping her plan some of her deeds. It all started the day before...
Miss M: Young A, what is your favorite cereal?
Young A: Oatmeal Squares.
Miss M: Miss E, what is your favorite cereal?
Miss E: Oatmeal Squares.
Miss M: No, you have to choose something different.
Miss E: Then Shredded Wheat.
Five minutes later, I catch Miss M in the kitchen switching the bags of cereal in the chosen boxes. The idea was to have them discover her deed the next morning at breakfast. Unfortunately, as we left to pick up the Professor from work, Young A decided to grab a handful of cereal to tide him over. He stuck one in his mouth and was very confused. It took a bit of explaining for him to understand why Shredded Wheat was in his Oatmeal Squares and where in the world his Oatmeal Squares were.
The next day, Miss M got home from school and very quickly asked for a glass of milk as she hurried past hiding something. Later, I went into the kitchen to find a cup with "spilled milk" left on the table. She had used glue and a plastic cup to imitate a spill. She was quite proud of herself.
A bit later, Miss M came to me and asked, so I thought, "Mom, do you want a brownie?" I figured something was up, but said yes. I was handed a brown paper E. How kind.
I must admit it's been fun. When I realized that Miss M was conspiring before the day even came, I made sure to set a few expectations: No mess and nothing mean. She came through with flying colors.