Tell your kids you’re going to have asparagus for dessert.
When your kids protest reveal it’s actually a delicious cake. Find the tutorial here
Use a face-swap app to replace a favorite photo in your kid’s room with a face-swapped version.
For extra fun, when your kid asks, “What happened to the photo?” you can reply, “What do you mean? It looks the same to me!”
Paint a bar of soap with nail polish and leave it in the shower.
The soap won’t lather, which should give your kids fits as they try to get ready. Find this prank and others like it here
Put a surprise in the mailbox.
“Honey, can you bring in the mail for mom?” Mwahahaha!
Shock your kids by suddenly biting into your coke bottle.
Learn how to make this gummy coke bottle here
Serve a dessert grilled cheese.
Your kids won’t be mad at you when they realize they get to eat poundcake and frosting. Learn more here
Make “chocolate chip cookies” out of mashed potatoes and black beans.
Find the recipe here
Put a paper cup with this message on your kid’s homework desk.
For extra points leave a plastic bug underneath — just don’t leave a real bug unless you want to be put in an incredibly unpleasant nursing home one day.
Here’s another one guaranteed to “bug” your kid.
When you hear your kid shriek “MOM!!!” or “DAD!!!” you’ll know your work is done.
Try this “dollar in a book” trick.
Sorry, kid. LOL.
If your kid hates Justin Bieber, “Bieber-ize” their room while they’re at school.
Bonus: If your kid is still mad later in the day say, “Is it too late now to say sorry?”
If your kid loves Justin Bieber, use this app
to make them think Justin is calling.
Set the “call” to happen in 30 seconds, then put your phone down on the table in clear sight of your kid. When it rings, act too distracted to check who is calling and wait for your kid to lose it.
Put a twist on a sunny-side-up egg.
A halved peach in yogurt not only looks like an egg, but also makes a delicious breakfast. Learn more here
Freeze your kid’s morning cereal.
Put a bowl of your kid’s favorite cereal and milk in the freezer overnight, then watch in the morning as your unsuspecting kid clanks a spoon against the frozen milk. Learn more here
Get your kids out of bed with the promise of fresh and warm Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
If you’re nice you can add a message under “April Fools!!” (as the pranker did in the photo above) explaining where the real doughnuts can be found.
Squeeze a few drops of food coloring into the bottom of your kid’s bowl, then cover it with cereal.
When your kid pours the milk it will change colors as it rises to the top. Learn more here
Pop a frozen Mento into your kid’s drink and wait.
Another prank would be to make your kid watch those cheesy Mentos commercials from the ’90s.
Cover the remote sensor with a piece of tape.
Try not to laugh as your kid tries over and over to turn on the TV. Find this prank and some other good ones here
Put a photocopy of your face under the toilet seat and close the lid.
Get your first prank of the day in before breakfast.
You can also replace the toilet paper in your kid’s bathroom with this DIY masterpiece.
Since you love your kid you should probably wait outside the bathroom door with a fresh roll. Learn how to make this here
Rig a ketchup bottle to squirt string instead of ketchup.
“Hot dogs are ready, kids. Tee-hee!” Learn how to make one here
Tell your kids you’ve baked them a pan of brownies.
Er, make that brown E’s. Via Mrs. Goff’s Pre-K Tales
Of course, you can do the same prank with actual brownies so you kid doesn’t suffer any “Wait… there’s not actually brownies?” disappointment.
Find the recipe here
Make candied apples with onions.
Your kids will find this one hilarious…in a decade or two.
Challenge your kids to finish this maze with no end.
Say “Almost there!” from time to time to keep your kids busy with this futile task for as long as possible. Download the free PDF here
Take a photo of someone your kid cares about “floating” (like a parent, grandparent, or sibling), then show it to your kid and feign amazement.
“I can’t explain what happened, kids. Right now everything I know about the universe is upside down!”
Give your kid an April Fools’ Day “lollipop.”
Learn more here
Swap out your family’s orange juice with this stomach-turning drink.
You should probably try this one on teenagers only — especially since younger kids love mac ‘n’ cheese so much they might start requesting this “beverage” on the regular.
Want a harmless and cute prank? Leave this rock out for your kid to find.
Serve up steaming bowls of chili for dinner — and by “chili” we mean chocolate pudding.
Find details about this prank and other good ones here
A mashed potato sundae also makes for quite the surprise.
Tell your kids you’re having dessert for dinner, that way when they realize their sundae is actually mashed potatoes and gravy, it can be their dinner. Learn more here
Serve up a glass of juice that is really Jell-O.
That first sip will be classic. Learn more here
You can also use gelatin to make this unusual glass of milk.
This “milk” actually is quite tasty and makes a sweet snack. Learn more here
Speaking of milk, you can spill some all over your kid’s most prized possession.
This splatter (which won’t harm your kid’s computer or anything else) is easily made using glue and soap. Learn how here
Lastly, if you’re feeling really ambitious you can try this outrageous prank.
Just don’t expect your startled kid to help you clean up the mess!