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10 Easy April Fools Pranks to Play on Your Kids

When it comes to April fools’ pranks for kids — and adults, for that matter — remember to be gentle, thoughtful, and aware of your audience. And whether you play a joke on kids or adults, you should make sure to keep everyone’s safety in mind. No one should get hurt over an April fools’ joke! When it comes to children, the simplest pranks really can get a good laugh. Ideas like swapping out candy for vegetables, getting people to sit on Whoopie cushions, and leaving messages on toilet paper are easy and guaranteed to make the little ones giggle. Keep reading for all the best April Fools’ Day pranks for families to try in 2023:

15 Best April Fools’ Pranks for Kids to Try at Home This Year

Safe, harmless fun for the whole family on April 1st.

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April Fools’ Day is right around the corner, so let the April fools’ pranks begin! While April Fools’ isn’t a major holiday, some quick fun can make the day special, especially for kids. If you need a refresher about the April holiday that takes place annually on April 1, it’s a day for jokesters to play practical jokes on loved ones and strangers alike. After the prank is done, the prankster who set it up will say, “April fools!” If you’re the one planning an April fools’ joke, good luck. If you’re not, well, be prepared to have the joke be on you.

When it comes to April fools’ pranks for kids — and adults, for that matter — remember to be gentle, thoughtful, and aware of your audience. And whether you play a joke on kids or adults, you should make sure to keep everyone’s safety in mind. No one should get hurt over an April fools’ joke! When it comes to children, the simplest pranks really can get a good laugh. Ideas like swapping out candy for vegetables, getting people to sit on Whoopie cushions, and leaving messages on toilet paper are easy and guaranteed to make the little ones giggle. Keep reading for all the best April Fools’ Day pranks for families to try in 2023:

Baby Carrot Tootsie Rolls

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If your child’s favorite candy is a Tootsie Roll, then unravel a few rolls the night before April 1st and replace the candy with baby carrots for a healthy surprise in their lunchbox.

Vegetable Lollipops

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Do some meal prep with this vegetable lollipop prank. Poke lollipop sticks into Brussels sprouts, then re-wrap the veggies with candy wrappers. Their shock at what they find might just convince them to eat their vegetables come dinner time!

Grape Chocolates

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You probably already have some chocolate Easter eggs at home for the upcoming holiday. Repurpose a few of them by using the wrapping to cover green grapes (or olives if you want to be even wilder about it). The kids might think they’re getting a sneak preview of their Easter basket, but they’ll still have a sweet treat in the end.

Frozen Cereal

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Freeze a bowl of your kid’s favorite cereal with milk overnight. Then, deliver them breakfast on April Fools’ Day, only to have them discover it’s frozen when they go to take their first bite. Shortly after, give them the real deal so they don’t get hangry.

Jell-O Juice

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What’s funnier than watching your sibling take a sip of Jell-O thinking that it’s juice? To pull this April Fools’ Day prank, refrigerate a cup of Jell-O with a straw in it. They won’t know the difference until they take a drink — or try to, at least. Even better, it serves as a fun snack after the prank is revealed.

Shaving Cream Prank

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This classic prank is great for the teens in your household. After your sibling dozes off, sneak into their room and put shaving cream on their hand. Next, tickle their forehead with a feather and laugh as they try to itch their face with a handful of shaving cream.

Mayo Ice Cream

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Just when your sibling thinks they are going to bite into a deliciously sweet dessert, they’ll get a mouthful of mayo instead, and you’ll get a good laugh. Offer to get the ice cream post dinner, and scoop a few tablespoons of mayo into the ice cream bowl when they aren’t looking.

Whoopie Cushion Chair

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Right before dinner, sneak into the kitchen and place a Whoopie Cushion on your sibling’s or parent’s chair for an iconic April Fools’ prank that never ceases to be funny. Fart noises never fail!

Cream Cheese Toothpaste

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Instead of brushing their teeth with minty fresh paste, your sister or brother will be surprised to have a mouthful of cream cheese. Sneak into the bathroom the night before and fill the tube with cream cheese. Just make sure to have a backup paste, so they can go to school with a clean mouth.

Broken Remote Control

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Ahead of the airtime of your sibling’s favorite TV show, remove the batteries from the remote control, then watch them scramble to change the channel in time.

Hole in Water Bottle

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When your brother or sister isn’t looking, grab a pin and poke tiny holes in their water bottle. They’ll go to take a swig and realize their drink is leaking everywhere. Just make sure the hole you poked is above the water line for the most effective result.

Stuffed Shoes

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Stuff the toes of your kid’s school shoes with tissue paper the night before April 1. When they try to put them on in the morning, they’ll be so confused as to why the shoes they wear every day no longer fit.

Color-Changing Sink Water

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Grab a Q-tip and douse it in food coloring. Then, use it to swab the inside of the faucet. When the next person goes to turn on the water, the whole sink will turn orange, purple, or blue. Try to avoid red food coloring because you don’t want anyone to panic and think it’s blood.

Fake Eggs

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We love this breakfast optical illusion! Although this breakfast looks like a plate of eggs, potato wedges, and ketchup, it’s actually yogurt, a peach, apple slices, and jam.

Bathroom Reading

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Unravel the toilet paper in your kids’ bathroom and write a silly message. When they go to use it, they’ll be surprised (in a good way) by your LOL-worthy note.

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10 Easy April Fools Pranks to Play on Your Kids

April Fools Day is next week and these kinds of holidays always have my fun mom side battling my practical mom side.

I mean, I love to do fun things with my kids.

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I also don’t want to spend hours preparing for a 30 second prank.

I also hate mean pranks and I hate gross pranks.

Also, April fools pranks for my kids that results in a bunch of mess that you, the parent, have to clean up? Hard pass. I am not even remotely that kind of fun mom.

So. . . here are 10 April Fools pranks for kids that give you a lot of bang for your buck and meet all my ridiculous criteria for April Fools pranks.

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10 Easy April Fools Pranks to Play on Your Kids

  1. Superglue a coins to the ground. If your children are anything like mine, they’ll be super excited just to find a penny. If you want to go big, put out a quarter or two on your driveway or sidewalk.
  2. Stick googly eyes on the food inside the fridge. How fun is it to open the fridge and find your milk staring back at you? You can get a pack of 30 sets of eye balls in various sizes for $6 and they peel and stick so you don’t even have to hunt down a glue stick.
  3. Put a surprise in the mailbox. Grab a favorite stuffed animal or a plastic bug or something fun and pop it in the mailbox and then send them out to get the mail.
  4. After they’re asleep, switch your kids to different beds. I have some children that are DEEP sleepers (and some that aren’t), so this might work. And would be hilarious.
  5. Replace Cheetos with carrot sticks. This is probably the most involved April Fools prank on this list, but it’s still pretty darn simple. Open a personal size bag of Cheetos from the bottom, dump out the Cheetos (into your own mouth, if you wish), and then put in carrot sticks and carefully glue the bottom closed again.

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  1. Put a helium balloon inside the toilet and close the lid. When they open the toilet in the morning, the ballon will pop out. Bonus points if you write “April Fools!” on the balloon, but no need to go crazy.
  2. Put a sheet of bubble wrap under a bath or door mat. My girls would flip over this since, like most kids, they are obsessed with bubble wrap.
  3. Put Sprite in their water bottle. If your child takes a water bottle to school, swap out the water for Sprite. My children would think they’d died and gone to heaven after the initial shock.
  4. Draw a mustache or big eyebrows on your child’s face while they’re sleeping. Most kids don’t even look in the mirror for a while, so you can get a quiet laugh out of watching them walk around obliviously.
  5. Seal their bedroom door with plastic wrap or wrapping paper. When they open the door in the morning, they’ll be greeted with a good little surprise.

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Do you play April Fools pranks on your kids? What have been your best ones?

(And my most memorable April Fools Day was when I was in college and the girls next door went ALL out, including making my roommate nearly have a heart attack).

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As a 30-something professional, I can also say that the googly eye prank is great for the office too. I like to put them on my coworkers’ phones or computers or even their desk lamps. It’s always fun and nobody gets sent to the HR office!

Seconding the googly eye prank for the office. They also turn filing cabinets into cutely bewildered creatures if you put the eyes above the drawer handles. (I also googly eye-d my violin professor’s office when I was in grad school. Three years later, the eyes are still on various things in her office. It’s great.)

I think I’ll try the googly eyes-fun and easy! My all time favorite April Fool’s prank was buying donuts, taking them out of the box and replacing with veggies. Kids were pretty upset until I showed them where I had stashed the donuts, then the laughter came.

I’m going to googly eye my grown daughters food the day we leave her house next month.

I have boy/girls twins and when they were 4 months old we moved across the world. For their first birthday, April 6th, we came home to celebrate and dressed them in opposite clothes to see their meemaw again for the first time in a year, on April 1st. She didn’t have a clue and it was perrfect. Obviously this only works with twin babies. But the best! My boy was actually super adorable in his sister’s clothes. He’s lucky I didn’t continue to dress him that way!

My older sister let me sleep on her bedroom floor when I was little. I was in a sleeping bag, and she drug me into the bathroom. She’s always been a prankster– but some of them have become mean and gross. I’m with you. I’m all about the fun and silly pranks that aren’t messy. I need to stock up on googley eyes!

My dads family has always had an April Fools spaghetti dinner going on 40+ years.
Swap out traditional plates, cups, forks with whatever else in the kitchen: a muffin tin, a vase, and a spatula, etc. Cover the funny settings with another tablecloth, sit down, uncover giggle and good luck!

This sounds like something my kids would LOVE. Going to try it 🙂
suuuch cute ideas. now i am tempted to try them all.

I also don’t like messes or a ton of prep. I didn’t do anything for April Fool’s until I started the mustaches-in-sleep trick maybe 3 years ago. Problem is, now my kids expect it so it’s not as fun! Last night, I tried changing it up by drawing a lightning scar and Harry Potter glasses on my oldest, a kitty-cat nose and whiskers on one daughter, dark eyebrows and freckles on the other. My son wiped his off first thing and just said to me, “Really?” Daughter #2 had a meltdown (“I haaaaate dark eyebrows!”). First daughter did keep hers on for school. I didn’t even get pictures.
The more fun-loving daughter said she’d make breakfast and put extra salt on the pancakes. No one was impressed. So we weren’t feeling very festive this morning! #zerofunsir
I’ll have to try the balloon in the toilet trick!

We swapped our kiddos after they fell asleep and it was a total fail. About 2am my 4 year old work up screaming at his brother to get out of his bed. When I tried to tell him it was a joke he said it wasn’t funny and that it was his bed. We had to swap them back before he would go back to sleep. 🤣 It still made me laugh even if my 4 year old didn’t enjoy it. I still remember being amazing when I’d fall asleep on a couch and end up back in my bed by morning.

We did the googly eye trick one year. The kids still talk about it! Another great one–you pour jello into clear cups and let it set up (where the kids can’t see it–back of the fridge). At one of your meals, put those out at each place like a cup of juice. When they try to drink it, it just sticks in the bottom of the cup! HAHAHA! Plus, they get to just eat the jello after, so no hard feelings.

The google eyes would be cute for the food in the their lunch boxes too. You could do it on a boiled egg for example. These are great ideas.

A fav of mine is to our a drop of gel food coloring in their toothbrush then when they brush their teeth it will be a color instead
of white.

Fun list! I do an April fool’s Easter egg hunt most years with my kids. I fill eggs with random stuff around the house like dryer lint, a Lego, cotton ball etc. Their reactions are hilarious and they seem to forget every year!😁

We do ice cream for breakfast and breakfast for dinner. My kids look forward to ice cream for breakfast all year.

Last year, we had our kids plant cheerios. Later, we set donuts where the cheerios were buried, and they haven’t stopped asking “how many days until April fools?!” Almost daily since last year. They loved growing donuts 🍩😂


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