Parents, your kids probably already think you are the coolest but also the weirdest, so why not just own it and prank the heck out of them this April Fools’ Day? The following April Fools’ pranks are (relatively) harmless so you can have a little good fun, all in the name of the game. Scroll down for ideas.

Swap Beds

This prank is perfect for heavy sleepers! Once the kids have hit the hay, pick them up and move them into different beds! They'll wake up in the morning and wonder, "what just happened?"


Schnazz Up Their Cereal

This quick and easy prank from Organized 31 is definitely worth your while. Pour out all the cereal from the box and save in another container. Then let the fun begin––pour in beads or other fun items, then top with a little cereal. When the kids go for their morning fix––April Fools! (Note, this prank is best for big kids!)

Jell-O Drinks

It may look like your kiddos' favorite drink, but there's a surprise waiting! Follow the steps from Story Piece on how to use Jell-O to turn that beverage into a solid, and watch as your littles try and take a sip.

Make "Grilled Cheese" for Dinner

Your kids won't mind this prank once they take a big bite. This "grilled cheese" is actually dessert! Take slices of pound cake and colored buttercream frosting that looks just like cheese, then grill in a pan. We say, why not have dessert for dinner once in awhile? Check out more details on this fun prank at The Craft Patch.

Take Back Control

This trick is an oldie but a goodie. When no one is looking, cover up the sensor on your TV remote control so that it won't work when your kiddos are trying to change the channel!

Bubble Wrap Surprise

This prank will get everyone up and moving. The night before Apr. 1, hide a few sheets of bubble wrap under bathmats, rugs and doormats so that anyone who walks over it will get a nice (loud) surprise!

Turn Their World Upside-Down

Before you head to bed, go through the main living spaces and turn as much furniture upside-down as you possibly can—armchairs, benches, tables, and even the stuff on your kitchen counter-tops.  And, the best part: when they come running into your room the next morning, screaming that everything is upside-down, pretend like things are 100 percent normal!

Frozen Breakfast

The night before April Fool's Day, pour some cereal and milk into a bowl, then put in the freezer overnight. When it's time to dig in, let your kids try and enjoy the frosty treat!

Sweet Lunch Surprise

One day of a super sweet lunch won’t kill them, right? When lunch time rolls around try one of these pranks: Top a bagel with frosting, or replace the raisins in the box with chocolate chips. You can also take the foil wrap off of chocolate Easter egg-shaped candy (the small kind) and wrap the foil around grapes.

Spaghetti for Breakfast, Anyone?

Breakfast for dinner is a family favorite, but dinner for breakfast? Spaghetti? Cheeseburgers? Tacos? Just make sure that you serve them something you know that they’ll eat… or else the cranky, hungry kids that you’ll face the rest of the day will make it seem like the joke was on you instead!

Tie Their Shoes Up!

You say it every, single morning, at least three times, “Please put your shoes on!” This April Fool’s Day prank will also teach your morning procrastinators will leave you chuckling after you say it this time. Tie all of their shoelaces together before you go to bed the night before—-you can either tie pairs of shoes together, or, tie every single shoe they have into one long string!

A Buggy "Friend" in Their Lunch

Keep the pranks going by adding a big bug to their lunches, backpacks, beds or even cereal boxes for an insect-eresting prank that even has even us jumping in our chairs. We love how jokester and mom Morena creates her own set of creepy crawlies, you can find the how-to on her blog, Morena’s Corner. Since April Fools falls on a Sunday this year, just adapt this to a picnic lunch or snack plate you serve and wait for the squirms! Or nail them with the prank the Friday before.

The Missing Car Prank

Give yourself a few extra minutes for this one: as you head out for the day or hit an Easter egg hunt or run an errand, trick the kiddos into thinking the car is gone. The night before, park your car around the block, where it can’t be easily seen by your kids. When you head out to the car, “discover” that it is missing. Then shrug and start walking. We’re guessing that your kids will probably be standing at the front door with their mouths open wide as you start hiking off.

Pranks to Avoid

A couple pranks that will likely bring tears, not giggles…

The “we’re going to Disneyland” prank, because unless you’re really headed to the House of Mouse, your kids aren’t going to appreciate your humor.

The “we’re having another baby” prank. Trust us, you probably don’t want to see their actual reaction.

—Katie Kavulla, Amber Guetebier & Karly Wood


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