Published April 1, 2024

12 hilarious pranks to pull on your kids on April Fools

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April Fools Pranks For Kids

April Fools' Day is a great excuse to get creative, be silly, and make people laugh. We've compiled a list of some fun, harmless pranks you can use to mess with your kids this April Fools.

Just don't blame us if they try to get you back ...

1. Toilet Seat Surprise

Find a funny, scary, or silly picture that can be taped underneath the toilet seat for a hilarious surprise. Be sure to put the top lid down to really catch them off guard.

2. Sponge Cake 2 Ways

Dress up a couple of sponges with icing and sprinkles to trick the kiddos into thinking you've made a sweet treat.

Or go a different route and bake mini-cakes that look like sponges and freak everyone out when you serve a tray of them.

3. Jelly Bean Dispenser

Swap out the ice in your ice dispenser for jelly beans or another candy of choice. You'll be sure to get some smiles from this prank without any risk of tears. Just make sure your fridge isn't set to "crushed" ice.

4. Grow Your Own Donuts

Give your kids "donut seeds" to plant in a planter. All you need is cheerios (or FrootLoops), a plastic baggy, a homemade label, and a stapler/ribbon to make a baggy of fake seeds. Click here for a printable label.

When the kids are sleeping, place real donuts on a stick/straw in the same location as the "seeds" were planted. They'll be excited to see their seeds really worked!

5. Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk

This is one of those April Fools' pranks that requires a bit of preparation time but if done right, your kids will be amazed ...

  1. Find a piece of glass or a smooth surface
  2. Prep your surface by rubbing a bar of soap on it
  3. Use white glue to design a "milk splatter"
  4. Let the glue dry, then peel it off
  5. Place your splatter strategically

6. Special Edition Oreo

Pull apart a bunch of Oreos, scrape off the middle with a knife, and replace it with white toothpaste.

Does this count as getting your kids to brush their teeth?

7. Cereal "On The Rocks"

Pour a bowl of cereal with milk, stick a spoon in, and leave it in the freezer overnight. Serve it to your kid the next morning for a funny surprise.

For a well-balanced April Fools' breakfast, pair it with a glass of juice made of Jello. It looks like real juice but won't budge when they go to take a sip.

8. Balloon Avalanche

What a way to wake up!

After blowing up a collection of balloons, secure them against your kid's bedroom door using streamers. When they open their door in the morning they'll get a wild balloon avalanche!

9. 52 Pick Up, With a Spin

Take a deck of cards out of the box and hide it on top of a ceiling fan. Ask your kid to turn on the fan and watch it rain Kings and Queens.

10. Spying Eyes

Create the illusion that someone or something is hiding in the bushes with this simple trick. Cut out "eyes" from empty toilet paper rolls, fill each roll with a glow stick, and place your glowing eyes in the dark somewhere.


11. Instant Cheese Juice

Fill up a juice jug with water and mix in a packet of powdered cheese to make it look like orange punch. Let's hope they don't end up actually liking it ...

12. DIY Fortune Cookie Messages

Use a pair of tweezers to pull out the original fortune cookie message and replace it with your own version. Get creative with it!

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