Silly Ways to Prank Your Child on April Fools’ Day
Every once in a while it’s fun to shake up your child’s day by trying something new. And April Fools’ Day is the perfect time to stir up some excitement!
This year, April Fools’ Day happens on Monday, a school day. Although April Fools’ jokes aren’t usually educational, they can put a smile on your child’s face that contributes to a positive attitude for the rest of the day. It’s great to have some harmless fun as long as you make an effort to keep your child’s lessons on track.
The trick to a silly yet productive April Fools’ Day is to set this rule with your child: no pranks during lessons. You don’t want your child to be distracted because he or she is waiting to be pranked. Instead, restrict your silly pranks to your child’s daily routines. These routines include meals and other activities like getting dressed in the morning.
Also, remember not to play too many pranks or it can eliminate the element of surprise. The best way to fool your children is to mix your pranks with a variety of normal activities to keep them on their toes.
Here are some April Fools’ Day pranks to get you started:
- Switch the boxes that bags of cereal are in. For example, your child will pick up a box of Cheerios and end up pouring out Fruit Loops. You can also replace the cereal with a bag of pretzels or other snack food.
- Hide a few drops of food coloring underneath your child’s cereal so that the milk changes color when he or she pours in the milk.
- Put food coloring in a milk jug and leave it in the fridge for your child to find.
- Serve Jell-O in a glass and tell your child that it’s juice. When your child takes a drink, nothing will come out. You can also try serving water with a few drops of food coloring mixed in.
- Replace all of the eggs in a carton with colored plastic eggs.
- Serve meatloaf in tin cupcake holders and top with mashed potato frosting. See how long it takes your child to realize you’re not really serving cupcakes for dinner.
Morning Routine Pranks
- Set the clocks ahead an hour or two. Make up for the early wake-up by making a special breakfast or taking the family out to eat.
- Cover the bathroom mirror with shaving cream and write “April Fools’ Day” in the middle. Encourage your student to join the fun by writing his or her own words and messages. By the way, shaving cream makes for a great desk cleaner during spring cleaning.
- Put water in your child’s toothbrush cup holder (along with the toothbrush) and let it freeze overnight. In the morning, your child will be unable to lift the toothbrush out of the cup.
- Surprise your kids with a home classroom full of balloons. They will have a fun time getting to their school desks.
- Take all of the socks out of your child’s drawer and hide them around the house. Leave a note that says “April Fools!” and challenge him or her to go on a sock hunt after school.
- Place toilet paper inside your child’s shoes. When trying to put them on, your child might think that his or her feet grew overnight.
- On the night before April Fools’ Day, replace all the clothes hanging in your child’s closet with his or her pajamas. You can both wear pj’s the next day.
- Place magnets inside of your child’s socks so they stick together.
Just for Fun Pranks
- At the end of the school day, tell your child you need to take him or her along while you run errands. Choose an activity that your child considers boring, such as grocery shopping or going to the bank. Surprise him or her by going to a movie or doing another fun activity instead.
- Fill your child’s closet with balloons so they cascade out when the door is opened.
- Place confetti on top of ceiling fan blades and wait for your child to turn it on.
- If your child has a box of tissues on the desk, tape several sheets together so he or she pulls out a chain of tissues.
- Create a brochure for a fictional summer camp (for example, Camp Chores for Kids) and tell your child you’re thinking of sending him or her there.
- Write a short story about your child, perhaps one highlighting a recent accomplishment, and paste the story and a picture of your child inside the morning newspaper.
- On the night before, help your child plant some flower seeds in a pot. The next morning, stick a fake flower in it with a note that says “April Fools!”
- Put a chocolate phone in the spot where your child usually keeps his or her cell phone or iPod.
- Tape down the light switch so your child can’t turn on the bedroom light.
If your child gets excited about April Fools’ Day, discuss this list of the Top 100 April Fools’ Day Hoaxes of All Time with him or her during a break.
Do you have any other silly pranks you plan to try on April Fools’ Day? Let us know if you have ideas or questions in the comments below!