Make a move while they sleep
Denys Kurbatov/ShutterstockIf your kids are deep 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 Fool’s pranks you can pull off in no time at all!
Turn their milk blue
Alexeysun/shutterstockHave some Star Wars fans in your family? Tell them that you got them some extra-special milk direct from Tatooine! 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.)
Let the Easter Bunny play jokester
Suthat Chaithaweesap/shutterstockSince April Fool’s Day coincides with Easter Sunday this year, 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.
Give them a little bathroom reading
Sergio Delle Vedove/shutterstockUnroll your toilet paper a bit, then use a Sharpie to write a funny joke or “Happy April Fool’s Day” on the TP. Roll it back up, and wait to see who uncovers your surprise. Check out the craziest April Fool’s pranks in history.
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Swap out their breakfast cereal
LightField Studios/shutterstockTrick 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.
Set up a balloon surprise
Viktor Makhnov/shutterstock“Wow” them when they wake up in the morning. 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!
Serve a foolish meal
Dariia Belkina/shutterstockFaux foods have become a delicious way to celebrate April Fool’s Day. 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.
Create a crazy candy mix
Africa Studio/shutterstockTrick 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 Easter, make sure you avoid the Easter candies everyone secretly hates.
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Let them have a crazy “growth spurt”
Africa Studio/shutterstockThe night before April Fool’s 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. 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!)
Share some brown Es
Irina Goleva/shutterstockCut 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.)
Spring forward again
KerinF/shutterstockAfter your kids are asleep, set the clocks forward yet another hour—then wake them up by announcing that you’re all late for a very important date! See how quickly they scramble (and how long it takes before they realize the correct time). Learn how April Fool’s Day got started.
“Freeze” their technology
shutterstockTake a screenshot of their smartphone or computer screens, and leave the image open or turn it into their screen saver. Let them freak out for a few minutes as they think their screen is frozen before you come in to save the day. Here are some more computer pranks for April Fool’s Day.
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Have them plant some “doughnut seeds”
Mahony/shutterstockYou’ve probably heard of the famous April Fool’s joke regarding spaghetti trees. This one is equally fun. Download this adorable “doughnut seed” packaging, and glue it onto an envelope stuffed with Cheerios. Tell them you got them a package of doughnut seeds, and see if they take the bait—and if they start planting them!
Swap out their snack food
DJM-photo/shutterstockCarefully open a bag of Cheetos, and swap out that cheesy snack with some healthier baby carrots. Reseal, and watch for the inevitable surprise. (You could even play it off as a new, healthier formulation of Cheetos—or a special treat that the Easter Bunny shared!) Try these April Fool’s pranks for the office.
Create some “see” food
jack1986/shutterstockPut eyes on your food and ask the kids if they like seafood (“see” food). Glue googly eyes onto your milk cartons or pickle jars, or paste edible sugar eyes on fruit and other treats (you can use a little dab of gel frosting to adhere them). Draw silly faces on your eggs with a magic marker.