Fools Day has been a fun celebration for decades. Practical jokes
and other foolish activities mark the morning hours of April 1st.
Superstition has it, however, that all foolish behavior must stop
by noon or the roles will be reversed and the joke will be on you!
abounds in our 21st Century culture and April Fools Day offers a
unique opportunity to explore such nonsense and gobbledygook from
a skeptical perspective and work to educate and enlighten ourselves
about the difference between things that make sense and things that
don't. Here are a few activity suggestions that can be included
in an April Fools Day celebration.
the history of the fool can be quite a fascinating activity. Young
people may be surprised to learn that, more often than not, the
fool wasn't a fool at all. By using riddles and Socratic dialogue,
the fool actually helped spread wisdom, shed light on mysterious
subjects and solve problems. By teaching young people how to write
a riddle and inviting them to dress up as a fool and explore mysteries
and puzzles by asking questions and getting at the answer, an entire
day of activities can be planned and enjoyed.
Parody of the Paranormal:
it's shunned upon by some, ridicule can be a powerful tool and April
Fools Day offers an outlet to employ parody and satire in a constructive
way. Whether we like it or not, young people tend to use ridicule
quite often but by carefully planning this activity, both the misuse
of ridicule and the advantages of humor can be explored. Through
skits, role playing, fun activities and wacky presentations, consider
how you can mimic the nonsensical ideas that are circulating in
the media and within society. The important point to stress, though,
is that it is the ideas that are being ridiculed not the people
who hold the ideas. Alongside the presentations you can include
projects and written material that provide information on the subjects
that are being explored. Consider adapting the "What
If & Why Not" activity for this purpose.
err is human" wrote Shakespeare and yes indeed, we humans
can often make silly mistakes and do stupid things! Politicians,
the media, celebrities and other people living in the public eye
are especially prone to blunders. Blunders have even changed the
course of history. A Blunder Expo can help draw attention to the
mistakes and foolishness that have plagued our kind and possibly
work to minimize such behavior in the future. It also provides an
opportunity to promote critical thought - one of our many tools
in helping to avoid mistakes and stupidity.