30+ April Fools Pranks to Play on Your Kids!


April Fools Pranks to play on your kids

April 1st, is April Fools Day! Here are some fun, safe, quick, easy, harmless pranks to play on your kids.
*Please remember to use your own discretion regarding pranking your child. Each child is different. Please do not prank a child that is overly sensitive, easily embarrassed, or one that simply can’t take a joke. Keep in mind the age of the child. Some pranks are more appropriate for tweens and teenagers as younger kids may get upset or simply not “get it”.*

*Draw on them with washable markers: Sneak into your kids’ rooms at night and draw on their faces with washable markers. Draw pink hearts on the boys or the classic mustache on the girls, or sign a message like “Gotcha!” or “April Fools” (bonus points for writing it backwards on their forehead so that it’s readable when they look in the mirror!)
*Move them into a different bed: While your kids are sleeping gently move them to a different room/bed in the house.
*Change and hide the alarm clock: Change the time on the alarm clock and hide it in the room (under the bed?) so that when it goes off your child will have to search for it to turn it off.

*Model Parent: Make a fake parent and set them up at the breakfast table. Even funnier if the real parent comes into the room later before the kids discover the fake one!

*Put salt on their toothbrush: Wet the toothbrush and then dab it into salt. Be sure to shake off the extra salt before putting it back.
*Latherless soap: Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish and put in the shower/bathtub. This makes the soap appear normal, but it won’t lather at all!
Put one at the kitchen sink too!

*Stuff their shoes with tissue paper: Put tissue paper in the toe so they can’t get their shoes on all the way. This is the perfect complement to the small-clothes trick below.
*Replace your child’s clothes with smaller ones: This would work best if you were able to duplicate the same outfit in a smaller size, otherwise the kids might notice that their old clothes are back in the drawer.
*Sew all of their underwear together: This requires only a few stitches at the side seams, then fold neatly and place back in the drawer.

*Early Wake Up!: Change all of the clocks and wake the kids up for school (at 3 a.m.) and serve them breakfast. Mom and dad should be already dressed for the day however they normally would be. Feed them breakfast and start out the door…once they’re outside they’ll notice it’s dark…April Fools! It would be great to have an April Fools sign outside…maybe even something made with glow sticks that shine in the dark ;)!
*Don’t be late!: Set all of the clocks in your house an hour early and hurry everyone as if you will all be late.
*School on a Weekend: If April Fool’s day is on a Saturday wake up the kids like a normal school day. Go through your regular school day routine and even drive them to school! When they’re about to get out of the car (or they notice the parking lot is empty!) say “April Fools!”.
*Scroll down to the “Around the House” pranks section for tips on coloring your bath water.
*If you do have somewhere to go, you may want to keep an outfit the correct size, pair of underwear, good bar of soap, and unsalted toothbrush set aside to keep you on schedule ;).

*Cereal Box Mix Up: Take all of the cereal out of their original boxes and put it back into a different box.
*String the Cheerios: String an entire box of Cheerios or other “o” shaped cereal on one long string and put it back in the box.
*That’s not cereal!: Remove the cereal from the box and replace it with packing peanuts or some other type of non-food that pours.
*Freeze the cereal: Freeze a bowl of cereal and milk with the spoon inside.
*Magic Milk Bowl: This trick makes milk change color when it’s poured on top of cereal. Put a drop of food coloring on the bottom of a bowl or glass and the milk will change color when poured on top.

*Gelled Juice: A thirsty family member is the perfect target for this glassful of trickery that’s impossible to drink. And since the undrinkable beverage is made by the batch, you’ll be able to fool more than one person.

*Vinegar Juice: Replace apple juice with vinegar. Yuck!
*Colorful Milk: Put food coloring into the milk container, it will pour a different color and surprise the kids. This obviously won’t work with the see-through jugs as you’ll be able to see it before pouring.

*Frozen Milk/Juice: Freeze your drinks while still in the container so they won’t pour


Can’t Un-Ziplock: To set up the prank, zip the bag closed and place a length of double-sided scrapbook tape on one of the flaps just above the closure. Firmly press the flaps together to make them stick. Your kids won’t be able to unzip their sandwich!
Wormy Apple: Use a plastic ballpoint pen, washed and with the ink cartridge removed, to bore a hole in the fruit, then insert a gummy worm. (Don’t make it the night before, or the worm may get mushy.)
Snack Switcheroo: Make the switch by carefully opening a snack bag along the top seam. Empty out the original contents and fill the bag with another edible item such as baby carrots. Add a playful message such as “April Fools!,” then use a strip of double-sided tape to reseal the bag along the seam.
This sneaky mom opened the snack bags from the bottom.

Slice a banana without peeling it: When your kids peel the banana, they’ll find the fruit inside is already cut into bite-size pieces.

*Backwards dinner!: Serve breakfast for dinner or serve dessert first. That would work well with the next prank below!
*Dinner/Dessert Disguise: Here are some great recipes for making your dinner look like dessert or making cupcakes that look like other food. Announce “dessert first!” and then serve the kids this ice cream sundae that’s actually mashed potatoes and gravy!

*Fly in the Ice: Freeze a plastic fly inside an ice cube.
*Salt/Sugar Switch: Replace sugar with salt. Only do this if one of these is used every day (like in coffee or tea) otherwise you may forget and end up cooking with it!

*Mixed up place settings: Set the dinner table with all of the plates, cups and utensils upside down or put all of the silverware at one place all of the plates at another, etc.
*Use giant utensils, tiny plate: Set the table with giant serving spoons and tiny plates (like saucers or dessert plates) to eat with.
*Serve food in a glass and drinks in a bowl or on a plate?! Messy!
*Declare all utensils forbidden…eat with your hands!

*Switch the drawers: Either move around the contents of the drawers (underwear where the pants go, etc.) or switch siblings drawers
*Rearrange the Room: This one takes some time and effort. You could just move around the furniture or turn everything backwards and upside down. You can go as far as turning pictures, posters, and shelves on the walls upside down or backwards.
*Short sheet the bed: And oldie, but a goodie. Instructions found here.

*Take the batteries out of the remotes: This is sure to frustrate older children and husbands alike!
*Make your water change color: Add Crayola Color Dotz Bath Tub Tints inside the faucet by unscrewing the cap on the faucet, and setting a couple of tablets inside.
Not just for the kitchen sink…use these in the bathtub or shower, or simply run a bath for the kids and add food coloring!

*Tape the hose open: Wrap a rubber band around the kitchen sink sprayer so whoever turns on the faucet gets a big, wet surprise.

*Toilet paper messages: Unroll a roll of toilet paper and write messages or jokes on some of the sheets inside, roll it back up and place it on the holder (I personally like “Help, I’ve been kidnapped and forced to work in a toilet paper factory!”).
You can also write a note (or a joke) to your kid on toilet paper with a Sharpie and then place it in the toilet bowl right before they go to the bathroom.
(The classic “I C U P” is always a winner 😉 )

After giving a clue of what’s to come using the Joke on the Water prank above, send your target laughing all the way to her piggy bank. Conceal a dollar bill inside your toilet paper roll by unwinding it several turns, then wrapping it back up with the bill inside. Rehang the roll flap-side down as shown. When your target tugs at the tissue, the money will spill out.

NOTE: If your house is visited by tricky Leprechauns , Christmas Elves (Elf on the Shelf), or Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 and Thing 2 throughout the year, you may want to skip certain “magical” tricks and leave them for the legendary figures ;). Recycle some of their pranks and tricks to use on April Fools Day when the kids are older and stop believing 😦

*Please click on photos for source credits*

Do you play pranks on your kids on April Fools Day? Let me know in the comments!


April Fools Day Family Traditions
April Fools Day Family Traditions
FREE April Fools Day Printable Pranks:
Great printable pranks for kids and adults alike and April Fools Day coloring sheets!
Free April Fools Day Printables


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Posted on March 31, 2011, in April Fools Day, Elf on a Shelf, Holidays, Leprechauns, Links, Round ups, Spring, Traditions and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 37 Comments.

  1. How funny! My little ones are still a bit young to see the value in April Fool’s jokes, but I could totally stuff my husband’s shoes with tissues. That would be awesome! Great ideas!


  2. Those are good – I’ll have to pick out one or two to pull on big brother when he gets out of school – I’ll let you know!



  3. These are GREAT!:) My kids love a good joke, even if its on them. I can’t wait for April Fool’s day now!


  4. Last year I filled my daughters deodorant with cream cheese. I then molded it to look exactly how she had left it. She totally fell for it! Her face was priceless when she tried using it!


  5. Haha this is so good!


  6. great Ideas for April fools day:) I loved the colorful milk Idea. Thanks for linking up at Kid’s co op.


  7. so i played a prank on my brother and bought a hole box of Oreo’s at safe way and i took the cream of and filled it with toothpaste and he ate all of them he thought the were mint i never told him about it


  8. That’s hilarious! You should tell him!!! PS did he get sick? comsuming to much toothpaste can kill you


  9. Marion Mom of 2

    Totally evil pranks I have done:
    1. Microwaved a toblerone in a diaper and licked it
    2. Sewed the bottoms of child’s pants legs shut
    3. Duct taped toilet monster inside toilet lid
    4. Boiled egg in glass of milk – can’t see it…. URK!!!
    5. Mummified fairy on back deck

    Making memories! 🙂


  10. Some great ideas !!!! We make the milk green on St Patrick’s Day


  11. Oh my goodness such great ideas here! Too many of them to tell you which are my favorites. We are usually sneaky ninjas in this household and jump out from closets for our pranks. I might need to step it up a notch now! Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from #sitssharefest this morning. Have a great weekend!


    • Too funny, Amee! 🙂 My kids are still a little too young to prank, but I think when the kids are a little older we’ll probably all be ganging up on dad for pranks 😉


  12. This is an awesome collection, Jenn! My little guy is growing so fast that the smaller clothes prank would be perfect for him. Thanks for sharing these ideas! 🙂


  13. These are cute but I have to be honest and say that some of them would be more work for me! I’m sure I’d be the one climbing under the bed to turn off the alarm clock. My kid can totally tune that thing out.

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    • That’s one you save until they’re a teenager. There isn’t anything amusing about waking up a sleeping child! But I could see putting in the extra work if I was dealing with an attitudey teenager…it might be worth losing a little sleep to see their reaction 😉 Then again, I may be slightly evil.


    • Try putting glue on the alarm clock so they don’t press the stop or snooze button and replace it


  14. I want to do all of these…does that make me a bad mom! Love this! Stopping by from SITS!


  15. Love these fun, innocent pranks. I am looking forward to April Fool’s day!


  16. These are great ideas! Ha- I may just have to sew all my husband’s underwear together!


  17. These are great!!! I think I’m going to try the color changing milk on my kids. 🙂


  18. LMAO My 6 year old would get a kick out of waking up in the wrong bed, sadly he is a light sleeper. Stopping by from SITS share fest.


  19. I found a few good ideas I’m going to try! This is great! Thanks for sharing.

    Visiting from SITS Sharefest


  20. These are hilarious. Since kiddo is only with us on weekends I’ll have to save some of these and we’ll have to play like our bad fairy came for a visit.


  21. I love the simplicity of these pranks. The idea of putting my kids into a different bed makes me laugh somewhat wickedly inside. I might have to use it tonight. I posted a link to your site on my blog so that others can read your great ideas. You can see it here:http://pinningwithpurpose.blogspot.com/2014/03/ideas-for-tricksters.html#more

    Thanks for the fun ideas. Keep it up!


  22. A day late… BUT…. LOVE this list. What great ideas!! I totally spaced the whole April Fools Day this year, and didn’t realize that I missed until really late last night. Guess the joke is on me lol


  23. Wow!! All the stories your kids will be telling your grandkids one day! I love your little picture of the underwear coming out of the drawer. Thanks, Jen, for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!


  24. The old cup of water on top of the door is a classic. Gets em every time 🙂


  25. My sister is still 4 so nobody pranks her until I put salt in her water and made the milk her enemy color, turquoise. Lol she smacked the turquoise milk and I still don’t know why she hates such a pretty color 😆 😂 😝 😈 👹🤡💩😹🤫


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