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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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1. Let's start with a fun one: Put jelly beans in your ice dispenser.

2. Also fun? Putting googly eyes on the food in your refrigerator.

3. Trick your kid into thinking you have an infestation problem by using a beetroot with a tail (or a potato and some string).

4. Wrap grapes in Easter egg foils.

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5. Want a prank that will make your kid's heart race? Put a surprise in the mailbox.

"Honey, go get the mail, would you?" Tee-hee!

6. You can also make your kid's heart race by putting a "ghost" in the backyard.

All you need is some chicken wire (and a little patience). Find a tutorial here.

7. Serve up a glass of juice that is really Jell-O.

That first sip will be classic. Learn how to do this here.

8. You can also use gelatin to make this unusual glass of milk.

This “milk” is actually quite tasty. Learn how to make it at Ben & Birdy.

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.

10. Set out a bowl filled with a mix of M&M's, Skittles, and Reese's Pieces.

Be prepared to laugh when you see your kid throw back a handful.

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!

12. Speaking of brownies, you can pull the classic "There's a pan of brown E's on the counter" prank.

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.

When your kid pours the milk it will change colors as it rises to the top. Learn more at Kidspot.

16. Put some "melted ice cream" on your kid's prized possession.

Learn how to DIY this impressive-looking splatter (which won’t harm your kid’s computer or anything else) at Studio DIY.

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!

18. Shock your kids by suddenly biting into your Coke bottle.

Learn how to make this gummy Coke bottle here.

19. Put this cup upside down on your kid's desk.

Doing it without the cutout part at the bottom might be funnier — make your kid think the spider is still in there!

20. Want to REALLY give your kid (or teenager, hopefully) a jolt? Stick a photo like this in their pencil drawer.

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"April Fools!" Signed, Pennywise

21. Time for some A+ doughnut pranks — like this glazed doughnut box full of fresh, delicious...broccoli.

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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.

23. And if neither of those doughnut pranks go far enough for you, there's the ol' doughnut with mayo-filling prank.

24. Now for some bathroom pranks! This one is easy and perfect if you can draw even a little.

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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.

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Prank perfection in a minute or less!

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!

27. Leave this can on the counter, then, when your kid asks what it is, say "Dinner."

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Order a can here for $6.49.

28. Here's a sweet prank — use yogurt and a halved peach to make a faux sunny-side-up egg.

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It not only looks like an egg, but also makes a delicious breakfast.

29. Try this “dollar in a book” trick.

Sorry, kid. Mwahahahahaha!

30. Hide bubble wrap under a rug and wait for your kid to step on it.

Find this prank and others at Make It & Love It.

31. Use a face-swap app to replace a favorite photo in your kid’s room with a face-swapped version.


32. Cover your kid's bed — pillows and stuffies included — with plastic wrap.

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33. Serve a dessert grilled cheese.

Your kids won’t be mad at you when they realize they get to eat poundcake and frosting. Learn more here.

34. Stick press-on nails in hot dogs, then leave the “appendages” around the house for your kids to stumble across.


35. You'll either love or hate this one, but your kid will never forget it!

Two points: 1. You do the cutting, and 2. Don’t expect your startled kid to help you clean up the mess!

36. Put a “sold” sign in your front yard.

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Want to take this prank to the next level? When your kid asks where you’re moving, say, “Antarctica.”

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.

41. Got a kid who doesn't scare easily or is too old to fall for these? If so, put a glow stick in a toilet paper roll, then put it in their room as they sleep.

Find this prank and others at Kids Activities Blog.

42. You can also put a "giant beetle" (cut out from black paper) behind your kid's lamp shade.

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43. What? You want even scarier pranks? Well, okay! Try using old clothes to put a stranger in the kid's bathroom.

44. And then there's this one — for teenagers only, he pleads — which puts a head in a jar in the fridge!

Would Elmo's face be less disturbing or more? Hmm. Learn how to do this at Instructables.

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.

46. Replace Cheetos with carrot slices.

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Open the bag from the bottom, swap the Cheetos for carrot slices, then glue it back together.

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.

48. Superglue coins to the ground outside.

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And then watch your kid try and try and TRY to pick it up, hahaha.

49. Paint a bar of soap with nail polish and leave it in the shower.

The soap won’t lather, which should give your kids fits as they try to get ready.

50. And, lastly, tell your kids you're having spaghetti and meatballs for dinner — then bust out this cake!

Find the surprisingly easy recipe at Love My Big Happy Family.