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50 Awesome April Fools’ Day Pranks Your Kids Will Totally Fall For

Because if your kids don't learn pranking at home, they'll learn it on the streets.

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9. Give your kid a fortune cookie with a prank fortune.

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Getting a fortune cookie open — so you can put your message inside — is actually surprisingly easy (if you have a microwave). Learn how here.

11. Make a plate of "sponge brownies."

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All you have to do is cover half a sponge with frosting and sprinkles. You can also make a sponge cake, but these seem more convincing!


13. Looking for a prank that's a little more extreme? Make candied apples with onions.

Pro tip: Make some real candied apples at the same time so that — after the prank is over — you can reward your good sport with the real deal.

14. Freeze your kid’s morning cereal.

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Put a bowl of cereal and milk in the freezer overnight, then watch in the morning as your unsuspecting kid clanks a spoon against the frozen milk.

15. Here's some more fun you can have with cereal — squeeze a few drops of food coloring into the bottom of your kid’s bowl, then cover it with cereal.


17. Put a photo of Shia LaBeouf (or anyone else) in the window and then ask your kid to look outside for something.

Now that'd be even scarier than Shia's performance in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull!


22. You can also plant “doughnut seeds.”

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Ask your kid to plant some of these in the yard the night before, then replace the “seeds” with real doughnuts to be discovered in the morning.

25. Okay, this one is gross — but if you rip up a toilet paper roll, wet it, and then mash it together, it looks exactly like, well... see below.

26. This recipe for poop-shaped cookies can be used for all kinds of pranks.

Here's one: If you have a dog, angrily point out to your kid that the dog pooped in the house, then pick up the poop and eat it!

37. Does your teen's car have a backup camera? If so, you can pull this "action figure prank."

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And if your kids are little but YOU have a backup camera, you can ask them to help you watch the screen as you backup.

38. Stuff toilet paper into the toe of your kid’s shoes.


This is especially fun if you casually mention to your kid first thing in the morning that their feet look bigger.

39. A meat and mashed potato sundae makes for quite the surprise.

Act like the coolest parent ever and tell your kid you’ll be serving sundaes for dinner — that way when they realize their sundae is actually mashed potatoes, BBQ chicken, and gravy, it can be their dinner. Learn more at Family Fresh Meals.

40. You know what else makes quite the surprise? Serving "spider chip cookies.”

For extra fun, tell your kid an hour or so before serving them that you found a bunch of spiders in the kitchen that morning.

45. Okay! Back to pranks for kids of all ages, like this one where you block the spout of your kid’s shampoo bottle.


Unscrew the cap, cover the top with saran wrap, then screw the cap back on and cut off the excess.

47. Put a few dye pellets under the cap of your faucet.

Unscrew the cap to the faucet, put a pellet from an Easter egg kit under it, then screw the cap back on. This will make colored water come out.


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