10 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids
Last year for April Fools' Day, we rounded up 10 fun pranks to play on your kids, but some of them were a bit elaborate and required a lot of prep. This year, we have 10 more pranks for parents who want to show their kids that they have a sense of humor, but also want the jokes to be super easy to pull off.
Whose Drawers are in My Drawer? – Switch out the underwear drawer for each of your kids or replace theirs with adult underwear.
Birthday April Fools' Day to You – Act like it’s your child’s birthday. You could put up a banner and some balloons and give him a muffin with a candle in the middle for breakfast. Then sing, “Happy April Fools' Day to you…” This is only funny, of course, if your child’s birthday isn’t April 1.
Veggie Chips – Carefully open the bottom of a single-serving chips bag, dump out the chips, and replace them with baby carrots. Reseal the bottom of the bag with double-sided tape. Your child will be surprised to find carrots instead of chips in the bag at lunchtime!
Funny Talk – Talk to your child all day (or for as long as you can keep it up) in rhyme, Pig Latin, or Shakespearean English. If you want to take it a step further, dress the part, too.
Short Shoeing – Stuff the inside tips of your children's shoes with toilet paper, tissues, or cotton balls. They will wonder why their shoes suddenly don’t fit.
The Breakfast Bowl Shuffle – Move things around in the kitchen: Put the cereal where the bowls should be, cups in the silverware drawer, etc. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want.
Backwards Day – Put your clothes on backwards and act completely normal. You might even want to insist that your kids go put their clothes on “properly.”
Li'l Lunch – Pack your school-age children's lunch with toddler food and a sippy cup. If you’re worried they won’t eat the toddler food, pack their regular lunch in toddler food packaging.The sippy cup is a must, of course.
Soil Test – Make a dirt dessert (minus the gummy worms) and place it in a small, clean planter. Ask your kids to help you plant some sunflower seeds, and tell them the soil has to be tested to make sure the seeds will grow. Explain that the way to test the soil is by eating it, then grab some from the top and pop it in your mouth. Insist that they try at least a tiny taste. Once they know it is actually Oreos and pudding, serve up the dirt dessert.
A Picture is Worth a Thousand "April Fools" – Change the background photo on your teen's or tween's computer, phone, iPad, or other device to something mortifying. The photo could be of you and your spouse smooching, your kid as a naked baby, a photo of them sleeping; you get the picture.