16 Hilarious (and Photo-Worthy!) April Fools Pranks for Kids

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

March 26, 2021

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Are you an April Fools house? Perhaps your kids like to play tricks and see who can catch out Mum and Dad? Well, we’ve got the ultimate list of hilarious April Fools pranks for kids so you can give them a taste of their own medicine!

Very few of these fun ideas require any materials or expense, in fact most of them only need a little preparation time the night before once the kids are in bed.

Remember, the best kind of April Fools pranks for kids are the simplest that use some creativity to transform the normal routines and day-to-day activities into something hilarious!

April Fools Pranks for Kids

Sleep Swap

When your kids are in a deep sleep, pick them up and turn them in the bed so they wake up the wrong way round.

You could take this even further and swap them completely into a different bed, a different room, or even to the couch! Imagine their surprise when they wake up in the morning!

If your child is a light sleeper, change up something else – their bed linen would work well.

Morning Makeover

While your child is asleep, use eyeliner to draw something funny on their face – stubble, a moustache, beard, pirate eye patch, etc.

Clock Change

Change all the clocks in the house and get everyone up an hour earlier than normal. Don’t forget watches, the oven/microwave, and the dash clock in the car.

Have Your Say

Don’t miss the chance to have your say! We’re looking for parents to get involved and give their feedback on all aspects of family life.

Have Your Say

Frozen Cereal

After everyone goes to sleep on March 31st, get breakfast ready for the following morning – with a twist!

Pour cereal and milk into a bowl, add the spoon and then freeze the whole thing. The next morning, serve up the bowl and watch as your kids try to tackle their cereal!

Take AlphaMom’s tip from the video above and sprinkle some ‘fresh’ cereal on top so it doesn’t look too obvious.

Whoopie Cushions

There is no end of fun with a whoopie cushion – it’s one of the classic April Fools pranks for a reason!

Our Elf on the Shelf once brought whoopie cushions at Christmas, and my daughter was still hiding them on us months later!

Upside Down

How much can you turn upside down to confuse the family?

Photos and paintings on the walls are a great idea and easily done, or you could up the ante by also doing small items, things in the fridge that won’t spill, crockery in the cupboards, and so on.

Colourful Milk

If you have opaque or cardboard milk containers, use some food colouring to change the colour of the milk. Watch their surprise in the morning when they pour ice blue or snot green milk into their cereal!

Dish Up Some Brownies

April Fools pranks for kids

The promise of freshly baked brownies will have your kids racing for the kitchen – but imagine their surprise when the go to dish up a treat and find some brown Es instead!

All you need is some brown craft paper and a scissors to cut out the letter E. Take it a step further and glue on some multicoloured sprinkles, like this version from Jacks & Sarah on Tauni Everett.

Brownie Bites

April fools pranks for kids

Okay, this time there really is a brownie on the table….or is it? Forget a sponge cake, just use a sponge to make this brownie.

The brownie looks very real but is just made from a sponge, buttercream and sprinkles. The best part of this is it only takes about 5 minutes and everybody will fall for it because nobody is expecting a brownie to be fake. This is such a great April Fools prank!

Bug Out

Use some plastic toy bugs to give your kids a surprise. Hide them in their lunchbox, under their pillow, in their shoes, with their toothbrush, or anywhere else you can think of!

Get an Eyeful

Use googly eyes from the craft box to create this prank. You could stick them on all the food in the fridge to give them a surprise when they open it for breakfast, or stick them on all the family photos, or on everything in the fruit bowl.

Speak Up

Talk to your child in rhyme for as long as you can manage! These funny goodbye sayings are always popular with kids – toodle-oo kangaroo!

Sing Out

Similar to above, sing everything to your child as if you’re in a Disney movie or musical. See how long you can keep it going!

April Fool’s Day Cupcakes

April Fools Pranks for kids cupcakes

Offer your child a delicious cupcake, then watch as they bite into one of these April Fools cupcakes from Courtneys Sweets instead. Instead of sponge, they’ll get a mouthful of meatloaf cake with mashed potato buttercream!

Pop an Eyeball

Use mini marshmallows and some food-safe pens to create little eyeballs. Now freeze these in an ice cube tray with some water to cover. Once frozen, pop them out and add them to your child’s drink for an ice cold fright!

Pick an Argument

We love this April Fools idea on Kids Activities Blog to pick a ridiculous argument.

“Choose a silly side of an argument, and start arguing with your child. I usually start with something like, ‘Stop begging! No matter how hard you fight, I just won’t allow you to go to school’. 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 often works well for bedtime battles, because eventually they are just worn out by the ridiculousness!”

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Published On: March 26th, 2021 / Categories: Things To Do / Last Updated: May 28th, 2021 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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