10 April Fools’ Day Pranks to Play on Your Family

I absolutely love April Fools’ Day — a day devoted to silliness is definitely my kind of holiday! We have complied a list of our 10 favorite, kid-friendly April Fool’s Day pranks to play on your friends and family.

April Fool's Day pranks

Candy “Apple” Onions

What you’ll need:
Medium onions (choose ones that most resemble the size and shape of an apple)
Popsicle sticks
1 14-oz. package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons of milk
Wax paper
Chopped nuts (optional)

Directions: Peel the outer layer of the onion and cut off the bottom so it will sit up nicely. Insert a popsicle stick into the top of the onion and place it aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the unwrapped caramels and milk. Microwave for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Roll each onion in the caramel quickly until completely coated. Place on wax paper to dry. Add nuts if desired. Serve to your favorite sweetie! Whoa — now that’s funny!


What you’ll need:
Brownie pan
Aluminium foil
Brown card stock

Directions: This prank works best when the kids have seen you buy boxed brownies from the store. Using the scissors, cut out individual letter Es from the card stock and place them into the brownie pan and cover the pan with foil. Place the pan on a cooling rack near your oven for maximum believability. Announce that you have made brownies and watch their faces as they pull back the aluminum foil! Bazinga!

Yogurt Mayo

What you’ll need:
Empty, clear mayonnaise container
1 quart of plain, white yogurt (make sure it is completely white)

Directions: Clean out a mayonnaise container completely. Fill it with the plain white yogurt. Put the lid on and place it in the fridge until breakfast. When you are ready, pull it out of the fridge, open the top and dip your spoon in. Take a big bite and make sure your family is watching. They will cringe! Woozers!

Toothpaste Cookies

What you’ll need:
A pack of Oreo cookies (or any sandwich cookie with a white center)
A tube of completely white toothpaste, such as Colgate Baking Soda & Peroxide Toothpaste

Directions: Carefully twist the sandwich cookies apart and use the knife to scrape off the white icing filling. (Feel free to eat this — you deserve it.) Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste on the cookie where you removed the icing. Put the top of the cookie back on and carefully place it back in the container. Replace some (or all) of the icing with toothpaste for the remaining cookies. Sit back and watch your family take a bite of minty goodness. Gotcha!

Soap-less Soap

What you’ll need:
Clear nail polish
A bar of soap

Directions: On a dry bar of soap, paint on a layer of clear nail polish. Take your time to make sure the entire surface is covered. Wait for it to dry and place it near the shower or the sink. Imagine the look on your children’s faces when they realize the soap isn’t working! LOL!

April Fool's Day pranks

Easter Grapes

What you’ll need:
A bag of Chocolate candy eggs (like these)
A bunch of grapes

Directions: Carefully unwrap the chocolate foil eggs one at a time. (Go ahead and eat the chocolate — you are a great mom and deserve it.) Make sure not to tear the foil. Grab a grape and make sure it is completely dry. Wrap the foil around the grape and add it back in with the chocolate ones. Replace some (or all) of the chocolate eggs with grapes. Place a bowl of these healthier treats where they will be easily seen (and consumed)! Mwhahaha!

Brussels Sprout Cake Pops

What you’ll need:
A bag of Brussels spouts
A bag of Wilton Candy Melts
Lollipop sticks

Directions: Trim the bottom of your Brussels sprouts to make them look rounder (like a normal cake pop). Insert a lollipop stick into the trimmed bottom, set aside. Heat the Candy Melts according to the instructions printed on the bag. (Be careful! It is easy to overheat the melts.) Once your Candy Melts flow off your spatula without clumping, you are ready to dip. Gently dip your Brussels sprout pop into the melted chocolate, lift up, turn and dip again until the entire surface is coated. Very gently shake the excess chocolate from the top of the pop while it is upside down. Once no more melted chocolate is flowing, turn the cake pop right side up and gently shake while turning it in your fingers. This will help even out the coating on the cake pop. Place it in the styrofoam (the lollipop stick side down) and allow it to dry. While still wet, add sprinkles to make your pops more believable. Once dry, place pops on counter for all to enjoy, or wrap in a cellophane bag and place them in Easter baskets or on a dessert buffet. What a great way to eat your vegetables — am I right?!

Frozen Cereal

What you’ll need:
Your child’s (or spouse’s) favorite cold cereal

Directions: Pour the cereal into a bowl that is freezer-safe. Add milk carefully. Do not fill all the way up. Add spoon. Place the cereal bowl in the freezer overnight. Pull the cereal out before breakfast and add a small amount (about a 1/4 of a cup) of the real cereal on top. This prank works best if you involve other family members. For instance, make your daughter a normal bowl of cereal and serve the frozen cereal to your son. Henry fell for this April Fools’ Day prank in 2017. It was the greatest!

Googly-Eyes Invasion

What you’ll need:
Adhesive googly eyes (sold at any craft store, as well as Walmart)
Lots of framed photos

Directions: After the kids go to bed, place googly eyes on all of your photos. Act completely normal when they wake up and notice it! Hehe!

Backwards Day

Directions: Put your clothes on backwards and act normal. You can even insist your kids put their clothes on the “proper way,” which of course is backwards — because it is April Fool’s Day!

What are your favorite April Fools’ Day pranks to play on your family?

Jessica was born in the “Bold New City of the South" and loves her some Jacksonville. Not only is J-Ville the place where she was raised with her twin brother, but is it also where she met and married her super-handy hubby, Melvin. Together they have a lovely daughter named Lily and a very competitive son, Henry. Professionally, Jessica spends her days as the Activities Director at Jacksonville Golf & Country Club,- because her target audience is 5-11 year old children. Jessica has appeared on local television discussing topics ranging from Black Friday to couponing, - dirty hair, consignment sales and summer camps. Jessica enjoys showing up to parties in costume, Florida Gator Football, all things Disney, singing show tunes, making fudge, big ugly shelter dogs, reading Emily Post and writing in cursive. Keep up with all Jessica's antics at www.JessicaJacksonville.com


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