6 Tried and Tested April Fools Pranks for Kids!

6 Tried and Tested April Fools Pranks for Kids!

March 31, 2021

This Thursday is April 1st and you know what that means? April Fools' Day! That means that you can play a light-hearted prank, or two, without getting into trouble, sort of. 

My kids love April Fool’s Day and as they get older they rely less on me for ideas and have started coming up with their own creative pranks. I thought I would share some that we have done to prank the kids, some we have done together in the past to prank dad and some that my kids have thought of themselves.

Upside Down Room: After my daughter went to bed we flipped all of her artwork, posters and wall hangings upside down. She loved waking up in her upside down room. Along the same lines, we replaced my son’s Minecraft and other gaming posters with ones from Disney’s Frozen, he was not as thrilled but we enjoyed the reaction.

Frozen Cereal: We did this one to my son when we was just a little guy (age 3) and we all had a good laugh. Pour a bowl of cereal with milk and stick it in the freezer overnight. In the morning serve it to your kids and watch them struggle to scoop it with a spoon.

Fake Snakes & Bugs: This one is a classic for kids and mine loved pranking their dad with this one. You will need to get some plastic critters from the dollar store and have your kids place them in unsuspecting places, we did dad’s shoes, in his sock drawer and even inside his wallet.

Phone Background: This one my kids came up with last year. They snuck both of their parents’ phones and changed the wallpaper background to a super closeup picture of them making goofy faces. We loved this one and you will definitely get some laughs.

Ridiculous Argument: Choose a silly side of an argument and start arguing with your child. I usually start with something like, “Don’t you dare eat your vegetables.” Or “There is no way you are leaving this house without your pants on backwards” It catches them off-guard and then they start automatically arguing the other side. No matter what they say, keep misquoting them and pushing your silly argument. This one is best for the older kids and is just so much fun.

There are plenty of ideas out there for food pranks and ones using household items like toilet paper and plastic wrap. These were a collection of the ones we have enjoyed in the past and we hope you do to!

Remember to have fun with it, it doesn’t have to be overly planned or elaborate.

Happy April Fool’s Day


Theresa, Marketing Manager, Wholesome GO and mother of two