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April Fools’ Day is coming up, and if you’re looking for some fun and relatively harmless pranks, we’ve got you covered. Pranking your kids is a great way to get some much needed “pay back” after all they put us parents through. Plus, it’s a totally fun way to blow off some steam and have a great laugh as a family.
The pranks on this list include fake juice and broccoli wrapped up to look like lollipops, just to name a few. These awesome April Fools’ pranks will definitely bring the laughter from all those involved, not just the prankster parents. Just be warned: We can’t guarantee that your kids won’t want to exact some sort of revenge.
If pranking your kids isn’t really your style, perhaps you can work together to prank your unsuspecting spouse? Although, we have to say, you’ll likely get a lot of satisfaction watching your kids unwrap a piece of broccoli rather than a piece of candy.
April Fools’ Day is only once a year, and you’re allowed to play a few funny tricks on your kids. After all, adults can get in on the silliness, too! (We’ve even included a few pranks to make dad smile.) Check out our favorite April Fools’ pranks for families below.
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Fill your child's usual juice cup with gelatin after dinner and place it in the refrigerator. In the morning when the drink is firm, offer your little one a sip and watch them wonder what happened.
Got (Blue) Milk?
Put a few drops of food coloring into a pitcher of milk (choose your kid's fave shade). Make sure they're watching when you nonchalantly fix their morning bowl of cereal.
A Prank That Rocks
If you want to make your kids think you've lost your marbles, pretend you found some pretty rocks in the backyard, and then enjoy the look of surprise on their faces when you bite into one. They don't have to know you're actually noshing on chocolate candy rocks.
Swab the inside of the bathtub faucet with blue food gel dye. When your child turns the handle, they'll get a big blue surprise at bath time.
Stacked against Them
After the kids go to bed on March 31, sneak into their playroom and replace their Legos with candy blocks. They'll wish Lego Batman was with them to use his "world's greatest detective" skills to figure out why their blocks won't stack.
Tuck plastic bugs and beetles in your child's lunch. Sneak them into sandwiches or reusable containers filled with fruit.
Trick your kids into thinking you knocked your teeth out by placing gummy teeth over your real ones before "accidentally" bumping into something that makes them fall on the floor. You'll freak them out—for a few seconds, anyway.
Serve up a topsy-turvy dinner to throw your kids for a loop: Bake meatloaf in a 12-cup muffin tin and frost with mashed potatoes for a "cupcakes" dinner—bonus if you add food coloring to the spuds. Then toast strips of pound cake for a dessert of "French fries." Don't forget red-tinted frosting for ketchup!
DIY Daylight Saving Time
Set all the clocks in the house an hour or two early—then ease the blow of an early wake-up by making the kiddos something special for breakfast.