April Fools’ Day is right around the corner and we encourage you to take the opportunity to entertain yourself at the expense of your offspring. If you’re looking for the best April Fools joke for kids, you’ve come to the right place to find the most rewarding yet harmless pranks. We’ve got all the best gags that you and your kid will get a kick out of.
April Fools Day dates as far back as the Middle Ages. It was first referenced in literature in 1392 Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. That means that folks have been playing pranks on one another for centuries on the day. If you’d like to keep the tradition alive, play an April Fools joke for kids on your unsuspecting little ones for some real fun.
Discover the Best April Fools Joke for Kids Below!
New Faces, Familiar Places
This April Fools joke for kids takes a little planning but it’s rather easy to set up. If your kids don’t like a certain pop star, a character from their favorite programs, or actor, etc., print out many pictures of that person and replace family photos around the home with photos of their celebrity nemesis. They will not know what to think at first!
Here’s an April Fools joke for kids that you can play on the entire family. Grab everyone’s underwear and mix all of them up, replacing them in the wrong drawers. Your kids will wake up and be so confused when they go to change their underpants.
No End In Sight
There’s nothing worse than getting a new roll of toilet paper only to search and search and search to find the end of the roll. You can make it that much harder on a victim by rigging the roll before they even start. Get a new roll of toilet paper and using a small amount of hairspray, attach the end to the roll with the spray. You just created a nightmare for April Fools’ Day morning.
Balloon the Room
Here’s one of the funniest April Fools joke for kids that will take some time and some supplies but the payoff is wonderful. While your kid is at school, blow up as many balloons as you can and fill their room until it’s overflowing with them, making it almost physically impossible to enter.
If your child has a ceiling fan in their bedroom, we’ve got a great April Fools joke for kids for you to play. Purchase confetti or make your own. Now, carefully arrange the confetti onto the blades of the fan. It’s easier said than done but once your kid or you turns the fan on, confetti will go flying everywhere.
Where’s the Lather?
All you need for this joke is to know someone who uses bar soap and a bottle of clear nail polish. Take the polish and paint the soap and allow it to dry. Replace the soap in the shower and your target will scrub and scrub trying to figure out why their soap is not lathering! It’s a very disorienting April Fools joke for kids.
Bug Them Out
All you need is some black paper and scissors to pull off this easy April Fools joke for kids. Cut out a bug shape from the paper and tape it to the inside of a lampshade. When your kid turns on the light, they will think there is a big bug waiting for them under the shade! Gross!
Breakfast Is Best Served Cold
Another great practical joke for your kids is to fill a bowl with your child’s favorite cereal and some milk the night before you want to pull the prank. Place the bowl in the freezer overnight (preferably with a spoon in it) and then serve the frozen breakfast to them the next morning. Sleepy confusion will soon set in!
One of the funniest April Fools day jokes for kids requires that you get your hands on some bubble wrap. Hide bubble wrap underneath bathmats, rugs, and anywhere else you can think to hide it. We suggest a runner rug or a long rug in a hallway! Place the wrap underneath the entire length of the rug and brace yourself for pops followed by a confused reaction.
Everyone Loves Donuts
Here’s one of the best practical jokes for kids. Make a trip to your family’s favorite donut shop that has good branding on their donut boxes (think Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts, etc). Empty the box of the donuts (eat them) and then replace the fried treats with vegetables. You have not lived until you have seen the disappointment one’s face shows when they have been denied the promise of a donut.
Eyes, Eyes, Eyes
You are going to love this April Fools joke for kids! Honestly, it’s fun for all! Order yourself some googly eyes, you can get like 500 for under $5. Adhere the eyes to every item in a cabinet, or our personal favorite, the refrigerator to give someone a wild and cooky surprise.
Caramel Covered Onions
Who doesn’t love a chewy and sweet caramel apple? We know! They are a crowd-pleaser which makes them the perfect delivery vehicle for your April Fools day joke for kids. If you follow this simple recipe, you can create a practical joke that involves covering a peeled onion to look just like a caramel apple. Trust us, it does not taste as sweet!
Here’s a simple and straightforward way to ruin a kid’s day! Fill an envelope with glitter and mail that glittery package to your target. Tell them something came in the mail for them and watch them open that mess. Be prepared for your whole family to be covered in glitter for several days. You’ve been warned.
Does your kid start off most days with a glass of juice? If so, we’ve got the best April Fools joke for kids to pull on them. Make a batch of Jello that’s the same color as their favorite juice. Pour the Jello into a drinking glass and add a straw. After the Jello sets, it will be impossible to drink from the straw or glass. How fun!
If you start your day brushing your teeth next to your child, we’ve got an excellent April Fools joke for kids. Instead of putting toothpaste on their toothbrush, replace it with something that looks the same but tastes completely different. We suggest cake icing. You can even set this up by making your kid think they’re out of toothpaste and you can go get them some.
Upside Down Waking Up
Here’s a good April Fools joke for kids to pull with heavy sleepers. As your kid sleeps, turn everything upside down in the room that you can. Chairs, toys, everything you can think of. If you’ve got multiple kids, you can even put them in a different bed so they wake up confused why they’re in their brother or sister’s bed instead of their own.
Get the baking tin you usually bake brownies in and fill it with letter “E’s” that you cut out of brown paper. Cover the pan that’s filled with the letters with foil and tell your kid(s) that you’ve made them brown E’s or brownies. They’ll be surprised what they find.
Squeeze and Squeeze
A classic April Fools joke for kids will find them confused in the shower. Unscrew the cap from your kids’ everyday shampoo, conditioner, or shower gel (or all three). Inside, place a small piece of plastic wrap over the opening and then re-screw the cap. When they squeeze that bottle and nothing comes out over and over again they’ll eventually figure it out.
All you need is food coloring for an old but good April Fools joke for kids. if your kid drinks milk almost every morning, use food coloring to turn it an unsavory color. Think yellow or even orange. When they pour it, they will get a colorful surprise.
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Take a brussels sprout and pop it onto a candy stick and then ice or pour chocolate over the sprout to make it look like a cake pop or wrap it in a candy wrapper. Your kids will get a bitter surprise and a good shock after they take that first bite.
There you go! We hope you found an excellent April fools joke for kids to pull with your little one. It’s such a silly holiday that’s all about pulling the rug out from under someone. There’s no reason you shouldn’t get in on the fun yourself!
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Discover the Best April Fools Joke for Kids Below!
- 1.1 New Faces, Familiar Places
- 1.2 Underwear Remix
- 1.3 No End In Sight
- 1.4 Balloon the Room
- 1.5 Confetti Bomb
- 1.6 Where’s the Lather?
- 1.7 Bug Them Out
- 1.8 Breakfast Is Best Served Cold
- 1.9 Pops Everywhere
- 1.10 Everyone Loves Donuts
- 1.11 Eyes, Eyes, Eyes
- 1.12 Caramel Covered Onions
- 1.13 Glitter Bomb
- 1.14 Hello Jello
- 1.15 Toothpaste Switch
- 1.16 Upside Down Waking Up
- 1.17 Brownie Frowny
- 1.18 Squeeze and Squeeze
- 1.19 Different Colors
- 1.20 Bitter Surprise
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