15 April Fools’ Pranks To Play If You Kind Of Hate Your Kids

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I have never been able to get on board with April Fools because I always feel so bad for the person who is being pranked. Maybe I’m a softie or missing the point altogether, but I cringe with embarrassment whenever I see a YouTube video of someone who is tricked into believing their parents have died or the person who walks around with a silly sign on their back all day long (I EAT BOOGERS).

But now that I have kids, I’m trying to get into the holiday spirit. April Fools’ Day is a holiday. Happy April Fools, everyone! My kids are way too young to understand the art of a well-executed prank, but I’m keeping this list in my back pocket for later. I promise you that these pranks are kid-friendly and (mostly) not cruel in the least.

You can celebrate this holiday as a jovial prankster with 15 awesome tricks that your kids are bound to love. BONUS: If your kids have been driving you mad, you can release some pent-up aggression by playing tricks on them in the spirit of celebration. Everybody wins.

1. Wacky Blue Milk For Breakfast.

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2. Frozen Cereal = Priceless Photo Op.

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3. Pair #2 With A Refreshing Glass Of Jell-O Juice.

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4. How Bout A Fake, Healthy Egg For Breakfast?

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5. The Ole Mustard In The Toothpaste Trick.

april26. A Very Literal Pan Of Brownies.

april37. Sweet Grilled Cheese (Made From Pound Cake And Frosting).

april48. Meatloaf And Mashed Potato Layer Cake.

april79. Catch A Dollar (With A Fishing Rod).

april510. Hallway Full Of Balloons.

april611. Time To Plant A Doughnut Tree.

april812. The Creepiest Refrigerator Setup Of All Time.

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13. The Toilet Paper In The Shoe, You’ve Gotten So Big Trick.

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14. Rigged Party Popper On The Door = April Fools’ Heart Attack.

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15. Way Too Realistic Fake Roach On The Sandwich Gag.

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NOTE: I am morally opposed to #11 and #15 because it makes me sads and mads to think of kids getting their hopes dashed when the doughnut tree never grows and getting scared by a really nasty plastic cockroach, respectively. But prank away, parents, prank away!

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    • keelhaulrose

      I’ve done a lot of these four fun. My kids love meatloaf cupcakes, and I had to color my daughter’s milk for a year to get her to drink it.
      But I’ll BRB, I’m off to booby trap all the doors with poppers.

      • Bethany Ramos

        My husband told me he is going to play a prank on me tomorrow, and now I am all nervous in anticipation… :(

    • EmmaFromÉire

      I WANT A HALLWAY FULL OF BALLOONS.

      • Aldonza

        We filled our band room up with balloons once in high school. My band teacher was a good sport.

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        ME TOOOO

      • evilstepmom

        New use for the baby gate!

    • Valerie

      I somehow did the “Mom, I’m knocked up” prank for like, 4 years. She never caught on. Hahahaha.

      • MerlePerle

        If my kids ever pulled than one on me I would probably have heart attack!

    • candyvines

      What is that meatcake frosted with? Crisco?

      • Bethany Ramos

        I think/hope mashed potatoes – otherwise, GAG.

      • candyvines

        Oh, duh, it says mashed potato right there. I guess I thought they were the layers.

        Fuck Disqus today.

      • Bethany Ramos

        Let’s just hope it isn’t Crisco!!

    • EX

      Confession time. When I was a kid (maybe 5th grade?) I played a prank on a friend. I have no idea why. She was very gullible and it was just so easy and it seemed like fun, as awful as that sounds. Anyway, another friend of mine and I tricked her into thinking a boy liked her. Once we got into it we got a little carried away. Even got the boy to play a long for a bit. It was by far the meanest, cruelest thing I’ve ever done. And it was totally not like me. I really was not a bully. Anyway, I felt terrible about it and my friend and I made up eventually but I still feel bad about it and think of it whenever the subject of pranks come up. I agree that there’s really nothing funny about getting someone to believe something you say. I mean, why shouldn’t they believe you? But these pranks (most of these) are cute and harmless and maybe I’ll try them someday!

      • Bethany Ramos

        Awwwww see, that’s where my April Fools’ aversion comes from. :( I think everyone’s done something like that.

      • Emily A.

        As the recipient of such a “prank” (people told the boy I liked him, and went so far as to give him fake notes, and vice versa) I take some solace in the fact that you didn’t just write it off as nonsense. I have often wondered if what was so traumatizing for me made any blip on their radar.

      • EX

        I’m sorry that happened to you. I definitely learned an important lesson from the experience and I hope your “prankers” did too.

      • Emily A.

        Thanks. I figure that all of my life experiences, both good and bad, had something to do with who I am today… And I am pretty happy with me, and my life, so I can’t really complain!

    • Robotic Socks

      Evil…

      • Valerie

        Oh Stifler. Like you don’t plan to take a dump in someone’s beer cooler tomorrow.

      • Robotic Socks

        Yes. But not to children! >:(

      • Valerie

        I am impressed by your standards!

    • Katherine Handcock

      I’m not so big on the April Fool’s Day pranking – among other things, I’m getting tired/overwhelmed by the number of minor holidays that have become Pinterest/Mompetition fodder – but an occasional really funny one will definitely be in our future. I actually love the fridge full of googly-eyed food, and the balloons in the hallway. But I don’t think I’d ever do something that might scare/upset someone – it’s supposed to be fun, after all!

    • pixie

      In grade 8 my homeroom was in the science classroom. For April Fools we joined up as a class and got some of the other teachers/admin involved. We started off small, taking away the coffee maker (after she’d already had her morning coffee, don’t worry!) and leaving a “ransom note” for it) then progressed throughout the day to taking the science project boards, science equipment, and eventually desks. We basically sent her on a treasure hunt that lead out to the parking lot during last period with everything out there. It was kind of hilarious and I’m surprised we managed to pull it off. Our teacher also was very good natured about the whole thing and actually fulfilled her end of the “ransom” by giving us all candy.

    • Maria Guido

      That meatloaf cake makes ME want to cry.

    • jane

      Last year, the nurse at my kids’ school sewed the leg holes of her husband’s underpants together. Far and away my favorite April Fool’s prank ever. So tempted to do this this year…

    • darras

      My parents had a competition when I was a kid to see who could make one of us believe a ridiculous thing for the longest. I laugh about it now! But I can’t say that it wasn’t a little embarrassing to be standing in Reykjavik at the age of 23, pointing at a restaurant sign advertising puffin burgers and exclaiming loudly to my husband, “Oh look! They sell fictional meat!”

      My mother had completely forgotten she had told me puffins were not real.. But when I told her she belly laughed for about a week and is STILL (six years later) doing the victory dance around my father. Nutters.

      • Bethany Ramos

        LOL! I am bitter about this too — but my parents used to give me baking soda mixed with a little water to settle my stomach. They lied to me and told me that I had to run up and down the stairs to “mix it up,” which I did until I was about 16.

      • Kendra

        My sister told me that if you mix hair spray and water, you will smell like a skunk. I believe that until I was in high school, and I accidentally sprayed my wet curls one day. I had a moment of “OH WHAT HAVE I DONE” and then “wait a second…”

    • darras

      My parents had a competition when I was a kid to see who could make one of us believe a ridiculous thing for the longest. I laugh about it now! But I can’t say that it wasn’t a little embarrassing to be standing in Reykjavik at the age of 23, pointing at a restaurant sign advertising puffin burgers and exclaiming loudly to my husband, “Oh look! They sell fictional meat!”

      My mother had completely forgotten she had told me puffins were not real.. But when I told her she belly laughed for about a week and is STILL (six years later) doing the victory dance around my father. Nutters.

    • Jennifer Freeman

      #7 and #8 aren’t pranks – they are genius! Yummy.

      • Bethany Ramos

        I really want #7!

      • evilstepmom

        7 & 8 with a side of 3!

    • Samantha Lobdell

      I remember listening to the radio one April Fools morning and this mom called in and told the DJs about the prank she just played on the kids. She woke them up REALLY early in the morning and told them all the school buses broke down…..So the garbage trucks were going to be taking them to school and they’d better hurry up and get ready or they’ll miss the “bus”.

    • Melissa

      I so want someone to prank me with #12! Finding googly-eyed food in the fridge would make my day. On a side note: could you have found a creepier picture than the scary shushing mime??

      • Bethany Ramos

        I hate that fucking mime so much!!

      • Melissa

        Your husband should paint your face like that in your sleep for an April Fool’s prank :-)

    • Melastik Bintang

      haha.. i guess i can use this prank to my son….

    • Hater of you

      You should be arrested alone for saying you kinda hate your kids but pranks I’m against as much as murder for trying to disturb your kids day. I may not know you but I hate you.