April Fool's Day is a great day to have a ton of fun with your kids. Spending time with them may even get your mind off what your neighbor Dan will try to pull this year or the fact that your sister always gets you to think she’s engaged. You can turn up the ratchet on fun for you and your kids by trying these pranks for kids because we’re giving you 101 of them.
What Is April Fool's Day?
Nobody really knows why we pull pranks on each other on the first of April. One theory is that it started way back in the 1500s when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar (the one we use now). Word traveled slow in those days so not everyone got the news by the time the new-fangled new year started—January 1st.
Those who still used the outdated calendar celebrated the new year the last week of March through April 1st. They became the butt of many 16th century jokes and were known as fools.
Another theory is that in spring, mother nature plays jokes on us with the crazy weather she hands down. We don’t know if it’ll be warm or cold, making us the fools. Whatever the reason, it’s a great day to let loose and play fun pranks on each other.
Pranks for Kids to Do
From an early age, kids should be taught that pranks and jokes can be fun and should be harmless. This is a great chance to teach them to read their audience. It’s important for your kids to know what pranks won’t go over well on someone else. Somebody may think a fake spider is hilarious and another person may be thrown into a panic attack.
It’s also important that kids know the point of playing a prank on someone is to get them to laugh too. A prank should never be at someone else’s expense just to get a laugh and leave the other person feeling bad about the situation. It can be great fun and a great learning experience!
Now, let’s have a little fun with the kiddos. Here are some of the best pranks for kids to play on someone else.
Bathroom Pranks for Kids
Have your kids draw a big bug on the top part of the TP so when the older kids or other parent goes to the bathroom they’ll get a scary surprise.
Have your child paint clear nail polish on a dry bar of soap. Switch it out for the one in the shower. The person who tries to use it will get zero suds and it will drive them crazy. They can also put plastic wrap under the cap of the shampoo bottle to keep the shampoo from coming out.
Have your kids put a helium balloon under the toilet seat when everyone is in bed or not looking. The next person to go to the bathroom will get a surprise when they lift the lid.
Kitchen Pranks for Kids
Get one of your kids up early and have them place googly eye stickers on everything in the fridge. This will get everyone laughing when it’s opened.
Have your kids put frosting on a big sponge and present it to a visitor or other family members. Ask the other person to cut a piece and listen to the laughter.
Have your kid put a rubber band around the kitchen sink spray nozzle. Somebody will get wet.
Anywhere Pranks for Kids
These are funny pranks you can get your kids to play on other family members and friends. Make sure you join in on their laughter when the other person gets pranked.
You kid will have a blast and look forward to April Fool's Day every year.
Pranks for Parents to Do on Kids
Of course, you want to play pranks on your kids. This is a perfect way to get them back—just a little—for the tantrums, the messy bathrooms, and the 3 am nightmares, but with love. So let's prank the little ones.
Pranks for Kids Under 10
You want to go a little easier on the younger kids. They may not understand some pranks for kids that older children will find funny.
This is a funny way to trick those young ones. End each one with a big “April Fool's Day!”
Classic Pranks for Kids
Everybody loves a little spin on the classics. Let the good times roll.
Is That… Poop?
Come on, April Fools Day can get a little gross. Take an empty toilet paper roll and soak it in water. It will turn to brown mush. Mold it in the shape of… well, you know. Then leave it on the edge of the toilet seat. Let the shrieks begin.
Mom’s Lost Her Mind
Clean out a Windex bottle really well and fill it with water and blue food coloring. Make sure you’re in front of your family as you clean something. Spray a few squirts in your mouth. This will shock everyone! You can do this with an opaque bottle and water.
Put a raisin in a sheet of paper towel. Make a big deal of needing to kill a fly in the room. Smack the counter and show your kids you “got it”. Look at it and pop it in your mouth.
At bedtime, just as it’s light’s out, shout “Squirt gun attack” and let them have it. Be prepared to change their sheets if they get too wet from… whatever.
These are timeless classic pranks for kids to laugh at themselves or a ridiculous situation you’ve created.
Pranks for Teenagers
Ok, the stakes are raised on these pranks for kids that have entered the dreaded teenage years. Let’s go to town.
A little fright never hurt anyone. It’s always fun to see the momentary shock as a sudden loud noise hits them. It’s worth getting this on video if you can so they can laugh at their reaction too.
After your teen leaves for the day, put a “for sale” sign in the front yard. They will come in a little panicked. Extra points for having put stuff in their room in a moving box.
Remove all the electronics from their room and tell them there was a burglary. You can do this with jewelry or whatever they hold dear in their room.
Buy a pack of fake hair that matches your teen’s hair. While they’re sleeping put cut up pieces on their pillow. They will freak out! While you’re at it, set several alarms and hide them around their room.
Text your teen to hurry home because you got a puppy. When they get home, say you meant to say pepper and show them a green bell pepper.
Teens love clothes so targeting this is a great way to prank them. Ask for a few bags from their favorite stores; they’ll give them to you for a prank. When your kids get home from school, tell them you felt like treating them to some new clothes they’ve been eyeing. Fill the bags with clothes they already have.
Other fun pranks with their precious clothes:
Is there anything your teenager love more than their electronics? No. No there isn’t, so let’s have fun with it. Let’s start with their precious phones. There are cracked screen stickers you can get. Put one on their phone and tell them you dropped it.
Hide their phone in the fridge, bathroom cabinet, or in the pocket of a random coat in the coat closet and call it incessantly. If your teen calls you frequently, change your voicemail to “Hello? Hello? Honey, are you there? Hellooooo? Ha! April Fools!”
Use clear packing tape on their laptop so they can’t open it. There are spilled liquid clings you can get to put on the keyboard of their laptop to freak them out.
You can go into their phone settings and change certain words they text. Here’s how on the iPhone:
This will drive them crazy and we love it. Ok, so what should you change? We have ideas:
If your teens are driving, we’ve got great pranks for kids that drive. Try these:
Teens have an image to uphold so it’s great to have a little fun with them while they’re in their element. Try not to embarrass them too much or you may get the wrath of their crazy teenaged hormones which can make these pranks for kids fall flat for you.
Pranks for kids are a fun way for the family to have a laugh or two—or ten—throughout the day by playing pranks on each other. You’re also teaching your kids to have a sense of humor about harmless and funny pranks.
One of the best pranks to play on your kids is to keep telling them days in advance how excited you are for April Fools Day. Tell them you’ve been planning pranks all year. On the actual day, do nothing. They’ll be freaked out all day waiting for pranks.
But let’s not limit it to the family.
What if you turn some pranks for kids on your neighbors? You can have a good-natured laugh with fun-loving neighbors. These should only be played on neighbors you have a good relationship with—you don’t want to start a war.
We’ve given you the ultimate pranks for kids list. Have fun and remember when you laugh the world laughs with you.
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