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17 Kids Pranks for April Fool’s Day

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Don’t let April Fool’s Day pass by without some good-natured kids’ pranks you can play on family and friends.

17 Kids Pranks for April Fool's Day

The Perfect Kids’ Pranks

The ideal pranks for kids must have three factors.

Easy to Set Up

Each of these 17 pranks for kids is easy to set up and often involves items you have on hand.


These kids pranks aren’t mean. No one will have their feelings hurt.

You don’t want to go too far with a prank. No one should have the potential of getting hurt, and you never want to be cruel.


Of course, this is on the list! The best April Fool’s Day pranks are funny!

Make sure the person you prank is the type who enjoys a good joke. If they don’t, you may want to choose someone else.

17 Kids Pranks for April Fool's Day

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17 Kids Pranks to Pull on Family and Friends

Everyone’s good humor lasts for a prank (or maybe two). Don’t go overboard and do more than that.

Save some of these pranks for kids for next year!

Fake Bug

Do you still have plastic spiders leftover from Halloween? This is the perfect use for them!

Place a plastic bug in your sibling’s bed or on their plate during breakfast.

Cream Cheese Oreo

Carefully remove the cream filling from Oreo cookies and replace it with cream cheese.

Be sure to refrigerate it so the cream cheese is firm, like regular Oreo cream filling.

Do you want to up the ante? Use white toothpaste instead of cream cheese. Just let the toothpaste dry to set.

Food Coloring Surprise

This prank works well if you have a cardboard milk or juice carton.

Add a few drops of food coloring to the milk or juice, replace the cap, and shake to mix.

Watch your family members get surprised when their drink comes out a wacky and unexpected color.

17 Kids Pranks for April Fool's Day

Sticky Note Surprise

Cover your sibling’s bedroom door or desk with colorful sticky notes while they are sleeping.

Cereal Switch

Swap the contents of cereal boxes. Pour a different cereal into their favorite box.

Were they expecting Lucky Charms? Now they are getting Raisin Bran!

Soy Sauce Coke

If your parent or sibling is a coke drinker, fill an empty 20 oz. bottle of Coke with Sprite and add soy sauce to give it the characteristic brown color.

Watch as they drink it and sputter!

Whoopee Cushion

Place a whoopee cushion on your parent’s chair and wait for them to sit down.

Salty Sugar

This classic prank involves swapping out the sugar for salt.

When your parent or sibling adds “sugar” to their tea or coffee…surprise! It will taste like seawater.

17 Kids Pranks for April Fool's Day

Frozen Cereal

Pour some milk into an ice cube tray and freeze it overnight.

Serve the frozen milk cubes with cereal in the morning.

Alternatively, you can freeze a bowl of cereal (milk and all) the night before. Serve that to your family member next morning!

Fake Remote Control

Cover the sensor on the TV remote control with a small piece of tape and color it with a black marker.

Watch as your family members try to figure out why the remote isn’t working.

Alternatively, you can remove the batteries from the remote!

Strange Family

Replace some family photos with pictures of strangers (you can print them or cut them out from magazines).

How long will it take your family to notice?

17 Kids Pranks for April Fool's Day

Shampoo Swap

Swap the contents of the shampoo and conditioner bottles.

Their hair will be silky before it’s sudsy!

Fake Spider Web

Use string or yarn to create a fake spider web in a doorway or on your sibling’s bed.

Upside Down Glass

Fill a glass with water and set a plate on top of it. Then, carefully flip it upside down so the water stays in the cup (sealed by the plate).

When someone picks up the cup, water will spill all over the plate!

Fake Phone Call

Pretend to receive an important phone call for your parent or sibling.

Create a funny conversation that will make them laugh.

Invisible Ink

Write a secret message on white paper using a Q-tip dipped in lemon juice. Let it dry.

The message will appear when your friend or family member holds it up to a light bulb.

17 Kids Pranks for April Fool's Day

Silly Face Mirror

Draw silly faces on small pieces of paper and tape them to mirrors in your house.

Your family members will be surprised when they see themselves with funny additions.

If you have a dry-erase marker, you can use that instead. Make sure it is dry erase, so it will wipe off the mirror!

The Best Kids’ Pranks for April Fool’s Day

The harmless yet funny April Fool’s Day kids pranks will make the day memorable.

Just remember, if you pull a prank, your family members may pull one on you too!

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