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April Fools’ Day, celebrated on the 1st of April each year, is a time-honored tradition for playing light-hearted pranks and practical jokes on friends and family. It’s a day where laughter reigns supreme, and the more creative the prank, the better! If you’re looking for some family-friendly April Fools’ Day pranks to pull off this year, look no further. 

Here are some hilarious and harmless ideas guaranteed to bring smiles and giggles to your household:

The Classic Switcheroo

This prank is easy to do and your kiddos will love it! Simply switch items around to add some silly confusion to your day. Remember to keep things safe and harmless!

  • Swap the contents of cereal boxes, so when someone pours their morning bowl, they get a surprise (like finding Cheerios in the Froot Loops box).
  • Switch out the type of clothing in your kid’s drawers. Sister will find all her shirts are replaced with brother’s and his with hers! 

Oreo Toothpaste Trick

Carefully remove the filling from Oreos and replace it with white toothpaste. Leave them out in a bowl for your family to grab as a snack. Watch their reactions when they take a bite!

Colorful Shower Surprise

Place a few drops of food coloring in the showerhead the night before April Fools’ Day. When someone takes a shower in the morning, they’ll be greeted with water of a surprising color! If you have a shower head that can easily be unscrewed you can also put a colored bath tablet inside the shower or sink faucet. 

Fake Insects

Scatter fake plastic bugs around the house, such as on bathroom counters, in bed sheets, or inside lampshades. Watch as your family members react with shock and laughter! Get a variety pack of fake insects here!

Reverse Alarm Clock

While everyone is asleep, set the clocks in your house to a crazy time. It’ll lead to some confused faces and laughs when everyone wakes up and thinks they slept in for hours! 

Mystery Meal

This prank is especially great if you have kids who are willing to try new foods. If you already have a hard time getting your child to eat normal looking food then changing the color may not work very well! 

  • Prepare a batch of mashed potatoes but add food coloring to make them look like a different food item, such as blue or green “ice cream.”
  • Make an illusion cake to confuse your family. 

Pickle Ice Cream

Put a whole pickle on a popsicle stick, dip into chocolate, and add some sprinkles! Once cold, offer your family a nice “ice cream” treat! Have fun with the shock of biting into a chocolate pickle instead! 

Soap That Doesn’t Lather

Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish and let it dry. When someone tries to use it, they’ll wonder why it’s not lathering up!

Classic Whoopie Cushion 

There are very few kids who don’t love the classic whoopee cushion prank! Place them on dining room chairs, in the car, or anywhere a chair is found in your home. This is an easy, silly prank that your kids will love to play all day long. Buy a pack of whoopie cushions here

Frozen Breakfast

Place a bowl of cereal and milk in the freezer the night before April Fools’ Day. In the morning, serve it to someone as a prank. They’ll be surprised to find their breakfast frozen solid!

Remote Control Trickery

Cover the sensor on the TV remote with a small piece of opaque tape. Watch as family members try to change channels or adjust the volume to no avail!

Brussel Sprout Sucker

Place a small wooden skewer into the end of a raw brussel sprout. Take the wrapping off a sucker and wrap around the brussel sprout! Offer sucker to your kids and let them be surprised by getting a brussel sprout insead! Keep the other suckers to give once you pull the prank. 

Jell-O Juice

Make a batch of Jell-O but instead of pouring it into molds, pour it into empty glasses with straws. Let it set overnight, and serve it up as a wobbly, jiggly “juice” for breakfast.

Prank Kit

If you have a child in your life who LOVES a good prank, check out this Prank Kit! They will love getting to pull silly and fun pranks on their family and friends all year long. It would make a great addition to an easter basket gift! 

Keep it Fun!

Remember, the key to a successful April Fools’ Day prank is to keep it light-hearted and harmless. Make sure that everyone involved can laugh along afterward, and be prepared to reveal the prank to avoid any unnecessary confusion or frustration. With these family-friendly prank ideas, you’re sure to create lasting memories filled with laughter and fun on April Fools’ Day!