5 April Fools’ Prank Ideas for the Family


It’s that time of year. The flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer, and just around the corner someone is yelling, “April Fools!” I’ll admit, April Fools’ Day is not my favorite holiday. It originated hundreds of years ago, so I guess it’s stuck around for a reason, but I’ve never understood the hype. 

However, as a mom with kids who are now old enough to understand what it is, I suppose I should be prepared! These five prank ideas are great to have in your back pocket as a mom, fun to share with your kids, or maybe you should be on the lookout for them if you have kids who might try to pull a prank on you!

1. Swap your donuts

Order a dozen donuts, and before your family sees them, swap them out with fruits and vegetables. When they open the box, they will be surprised to see that their sugary treats were replaced with healthy ones!

2. Jiggly juice

At breakfast, or maybe for after school snack, swap out your child’s usual drink of choice with a glass filled with Jello instead. They will be surprised when they try to take a sip and no liquid comes out!

3. Googly eyed-surprise 

Add googly eyes to random objects all over the house, so that when your child wakes up in the morning, they are greeted by many faces! You can add them to food in the fridge, bathroom products, or even school supplies.

4. Minty cookie

Buy a pack of Oreos, scrape out the cream-filled centers, and replace with mint toothpaste. Whoever bites into an Oreo first will get a very minty surprise!

5. Water water everywhere

Tape the button on the sprayer of your sink, so that when someone turns on the faucet they get sprayed. Warning: This one might not be fun to clean up!

Looking for more fun April Fools’ Ideas? Check out these posts from our Sister Sites!

April Fool’s Day: Parent Edition

Gotcha! April Fools Day Fun for the Family

10 April Fools’ Day Tricks for Kids

Happy April Fools’ Day! 

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Emily Roark
Emily is a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom living in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and three young kids. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and over 10 years of writing and editing experience. Emily has been a part of the City Mom Collective community for three years and currently writes for Indianapolis Moms. When she’s not filling milk cups or sweeping up Cheerios off of the floor, she enjoys working out, baking and binge watching her favorite TV shows.