Many people enjoy playing tricks on each other on April 1. Keep the spirit of this offbeat holiday alive with fun-loving, good-hearted pranks that keep everyone in the family laughing.
Good-Hearted April Fools' Day Pranks for Families
Swap Dad’s socks with your daughter’s. Replace your youngest son’s boxers with his brother’s. You get the idea.
A "Juicy" Prank
April Fool’s Day pranks have always been a tradition in my family. It started with my mom, who put salt in my dad’s tea on April Fool’s Day for 35 years! I keep the tradition alive, playing tricks on my kids (Dylan and Maya) every year. A couple years ago I gave them “juice” with lunch. They were surprised to find their glasses full of Jell-O! ~ Kiran Patel of Rancho Peñasquitos
"Cake" for Dinner
One year I made a two-layer meatloaf in round cake pans and covered the entire thing with mashed potatoes (as if icing a cake). Then I wrote "Happy April Fool's Day" on top with ketchup. The family was surprised when they thought we were having cake for dinner, but welcomed the celebratory gesture. Then they were surprised again (and mildly disappointed) to discover it wasn't cake at all. ~ Lisa Gipson
This harmless prank is sure to raise some eyebrows. Use a cotton swab to carefully dab gel food coloring around the rim of a kitchen or bathroom faucet spout, right where the water comes out. When the next person turns on the faucet, they will be treated with a colorful surprise!
TV Trick #1
Remove the batteries from the TV remote. For extra fun, leave the TV on your favorite channel before taking out the batteries. The next person that tries to change the channel will have a difficult time of it!
TV Trick #2
Take the remote and stand in another room while your kids are watching TV. Randomly change the channel or mute the volume. They'll be baffled!
Is someone in your family easily spooked by spiders? This simple toilet paper trick is sure to get a reaction. Just unroll the toilet paper slightly and draw a spider (or bug of your choice) directly on the paper a few sheets in. Then roll it back up and wait for the priceless reactions.
Bubble Wrap Fun
After the kids go to bed, put bubble wrap under a bedside rug or bathmat (the big bubbles work best). When they get up, they'll be greeted with loud popping sounds! Who needs an alarm when you have bubble wrap?
Stuff tissues or socks into the toe of your child’s sneakers. Be ready to help when they discover their shoes don’t fit.
Do the kids eat cereal for breakfast? Surprise them by exchanging the bags inside the boxes. They may think they're pouring Honey Bunches of Oats, but will get Cheerios instead. For extra fun, add a drop of green or red food coloring to the milk.
Want more family-friendly April Fool's Day prank ideas? Be sure to visit our "April Fools' Day Fun" Pinterest Board!