15 Simple (and Silly) April Fools’ Jokes to Play on Your Kids
On April 1st, everyone can be pranked! These easy April Fools’ pranks for kids are harmless, but make the whole family laugh.
Prank #1: Make a move while they sleep
This April Fools’ prank is perfect for kids who are heavy sleepers. Sneak in during the night and shuffle their furniture around, change out their comforter—or even swap your kids from one bed to another. They’ll wake up wondering what exactly happened while they were snoozing! Check out these April Fools’ pranks you can pull off in no time at all!
Prank #2: Turn their milk blue
Have some Star Wars fans in your family? Tell them that you got them some extra-special milk direct from Tatooine! This is easy April Fools’ prank for kids is perfect for those who drink milk every morning. Simply put a few drops of blue food coloring into your milk carton, shake it up, then pour. (You get bonus points if you make some Star Wars themed labeling to glue onto your milk carton.)
Prank #3: Let the Easter Bunny play jokester
April Fools’ Day is close to Easter Sunday this year (Easter lands on Sunday, April 12, 2020). It’s the perfect opportunity to let your Easter Bunny have a little fun in your kids’ baskets. Carefully unpeel the foil from those foil-wrapped chocolate eggs, then reuse the wrap to cover individual grapes for a sweet (and silly) surprise.
Prank #4: Give them a little bathroom reading
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This is an easy April Fools’ prank for kids that is low effort with big laughs. Unroll your toilet paper a bit, then use a Sharpie to write a funny joke or “Happy April Fools’ Day” on the TP. Roll it back up, and wait to see who uncovers your surprise. Check out the craziest April Fools’ pranks in history.
Prank #5: Swap out their breakfast cereal
This is the perfect April Fools’ prank for kids who love their favorite cereal. Trick your kids into eating a healthier cereal (or surprise them with a usually off-limits sugary kind). Simply swap the bags between two cereal boxes, and see how long it takes for your kids to realize that they’re pouring something different into their cereal bowls.
Prank #6: Set up a balloon surprise
“Wow” them when they wake up in the morning—this is a great April Fools’ prank for kids who love fun surprises. Use painter’s tape to attach several wide pieces of plastic wrap across your child’s door, and fill the pocket it creates with inflated balloons. When your child opens her door in the morning, a huge balloon explosion will greet her. Check out these funny Facebook pranks.
Prank #7: Serve a foolish meal
Faux foods have become a delicious way to celebrate April Fools. This is an easy April Fools’ prank for kids that will make the whole family laugh at the dinner table. Serve half of a canned peach atop a flat circle of vanilla yogurt to create a fake fried egg in the morning. (You can serve that with cinnamon-sprinkled apple faux fries.) For dinner, make meatloaf and separate it into cupcake tins, and frost the “cupcakes” with mashed potato frosting as a special “dessert for dinner.” And for dessert? Try “grilled cheese” made with slices of pound cake as the bread and gooey yellow frosting in lieu of cheese. The kids’ “juice” can be jello refrigerated in glasses, with straws embedded for an extra realistic touch.
Prank #8: Create a crazy candy mix
This fun April Fools’ prank for kids is perfect for those who eat candy by the handful. Trick them with a seemingly appetizing candy dish—but mix together Skittles, Reeses Pieces, and M&Ms in it. That first handful of candy will definitely taste a little… ahem… unusual. Odds are, they’ll probably pick through it a little more carefully after that. Since it’s close to Easter, make sure you avoid the Easter candies everyone secretly hates.
Prank #9: Let them have a crazy “growth spurt”
The night before April Fools’ Day, serve them a healthy dish (try broccoli or Brussels sprouts), and let them know that they’ll probably grow quite a bit as a result. This easy April Fools’ prank is perfect for kids who hate to eat their vegetables. Then stuff a few tissues into the toes of their shoes, and perhaps lay out a few a size-too-small clothes for them. The next morning, they won’t believe how giant they’ve become. (And maybe, you’ll be able to get them to eat broccoli more often!)
Prank #10: Share some brown Es
Cut several “Es” out of brown construction paper and put them in a 9 x 13 pan and cover it with foil. Tell your kids you made a batch of “brownies” for them, and watch as they get tricked when they open the foil. (You might want to have a real batch of brownies waiting in the wings.)