Little boy surprised by an April Fools' joke

6 April Fools’ Jokes to Play on Your Kids

When you’re a parent, you have to put up with a lot of stuff, like hissy fits, meltdowns, attitudes, and legos lying all over the floor. Despite this, you love your child more than life itself, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun at their expense on April Fools’ Day. After all, they’ll probably be trying to pull a prank or two on you, and you know kids won’t hesitate to laugh at you should you fall for them. So here are a few good, but safe, pranks that you can play on your children completely guilt-free. Your kids will laugh about it one day.

  1. What’s wrong with my sock?
    This is a great prank for younger kids. Simply take a sock and sew a line across the middle of it so that when your child goes to get dressed they won’t be able to to pull it on. The key to this prank is making sure your child grabs the right pair of socks. Otherwise you’ve sewn together a sock for nothing.
  2. Are you hungry?
    Your child is sure to be confused when he tries to scoop up a spoonful of cereal on April Fools’ Day. After your child goes to sleep on March 31st, pour his favorite cereal and milk into a bowl and freeze it over night. Then serve it when he’s still groggy from sleep. Try not to laugh too hard when you hand over the bowl.
  3. Say no to television.
    If you’re tired of your kids wasting their days in front of the TV, then this is the prank for you. Place a piece of tape on the remote sensor of your remote and watch your children become confused and frustated as they try to turn it on. If you want to make this even better, put the TV on a program your kids hate and let them try to change. Classic.
  4. Are you trying to poison us?
    Here’s a prank to completely gross out your kids and cause them to have trust issues: Create “caramel apples” using onions instead of apples. Tell your kids you have a special after-school snack for them, and make sure you have a camera handy because their faces after taking the first bite will be priceless.
  5. New Driver Lesson
    If your kid just received their driver’s license, then you should absolutely take this moment to mess with them. Print out a fake parking ticket and place it on their car. I recommend secretly following your child and placing it on the windshield when he or she is out somewhere. Watch from a safe distance as your child finds the ticket and freaks out. Remember to keep it together when you receive the panicked phone call, and maybe throw in a lecture for safe measure.
  6. The Meanest Prank of Them All
    Warning: your kids probably won’t find this funny, and they may choose to not speak to you the rest of the day, but the fond memory will be worth it. While your kids are at school, place a fake “For Sale” sign in your front yard. When your kids get home they will lose it, probably cry, and demand to know why you’re making them leave their home. Have your camera ready because this will make the perfect home video to embarrass them in the future.
Last Updated: March 31, 2015