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The BEST April Fools Pranks

Posted by  ·  March 3, 2018  ·  Last Updated: March 3, 2018

I can’t wait to share these April Fools Pranks with you.  April 1st is a national holiday at our house.  I absolutely love all of the joking, pranking, and foolish fun that comes with celebrating the first day of April!  I have learned that celebrating this fun holiday requires a gentle balance, that if taken too far can bring tears instead of giggles (and we certainly don’t want that!)  Keeping that in mind, I make sure that none of my pranks will harm anyone’s property or embarrass them in any way that may create hurt feelings.  With that said, doing a few April Fools Pranks at your house are a sure way to get some laughs and make some fun memories!  It gets harder and harder for me to pull off some great pranks on my kids, but they still talk about each and every prank that got them good throughout the years.

The BEST April Fool Pranks

For school-age children, I love pulling off the lunch box prank.  I usually do one or two small funny pranks at home when they first wake-up, during breakfast, or sometime before school during their morning routine.  This totally makes them feel like you pulled off a decent trick and they are not suspecting anything else…especially not anything at school!

Here are my best April fools pranks for school lunches:

Cheetos and Carrots

I often pack some sort of chip bag in my daughter’s lunch, so to get a bag of Cheetos isn’t a big shock, but a nice surprise for her as they are one of her favorite chips.

april fools pranks for kids

I very carefully open the bottom of the bag, dump out all of the Cheetos and replace them with a few petite cut carrots that equal about the same weight.  I place a strip of double-sided sticky tape inside of the bag and reseal the bottom closed.

carrots in chip bag prank

Because the carrots are orange, my daughter told me that it took her a minute to figure out what was going on.  She said her whole lunch table was doubled over laughing their heads off. I was sad that I wasn’t there to see that great reaction, but her re-tell of the story was just as funny!

Peanut Butter Egg Madness

One thing I rarely pack in my kid’s lunch boxes is candy.  So when my daughter saw that I had put one of those Reece’s Peanut Butter Eggs in her lunch, she thought she was getting a little piece of heaven.  I mean, it was no little Hershey Kiss candy–those eggs are quite the treat at our house!  I used the same double-sided tape method for the egg.  I opened the bottom of the package and slipped in a piece of sliced apple.  I resealed the bottom opening and it was the perfect shape and weight!

apple in peanut butter cup package prank

When my daughter got off the bus, she was quite mad and not happy with me–Peanut butter cups are a big deal around here.  Luckily, I had bought a handful of the peanut butter eggs and quickly gave her a new one to make peace, and save the day!  She then re-counted the lunchroom story and we both had a big laugh!  This prank will work for other candies too.  Pick your child’s favorite candy and then try and find something healthy that weighs about the same to replace it with.

kids april fools pranks

Water Bottle Sprite

After the egg madness, I tried to prank her with something that would delight her.  I bought a case of the small lunch size water bottles and a couple of days before April 1st, we couldn’t find her re-usable stainless steel water bottle.  That took a little planning so that she wouldn’t suspect something was up with the new plastic water bottles.  I dumped all of the water out, re-filled it with sprite, and screwed the lid on tight.  I was hoping this prank would trick her, and also give her something to smile about, as she had never had soda packed in her school lunch before.  This time she got off the bus with a huge smile. I got a huge hug, and a “Mom you’re the best pranker ever” comment!  Of course, I made her re-tell the lunchroom story and this time her friends couldn’t wait to find out how she had been tricked.

sprite in water bottle prank

Oreo Cookies with toothpaste

This year I will be buying a couple of boxes of Oreo cookies in the spring flavors, and letting my kids do a taste test to determine which they think would be best.  On April Fools day, they will find a baggie with three or four Oreos in their lunch box.  One of the Oreo’s will have the crème filling scraped out and will be replaced with a solid white colored toothpaste.  EEEK!  I can’t imagine how gross this will taste! If they get that Oreo last, it will surely be a huge surprise to their taste buds, and if they get that Oreo first, will they be brave enough to try the rest of the cookies?  I can’t wait to hear all about it and the laughter that is sure to be heard all around their lunch table!

toothpaste in oreos prank

Let the kids do some pranks too!  They are so creative, so just help them set up some friendly parameters and wait to see what they come up with!  Hopefully, they will get you good and you will have much to laugh about at the dinner table!

whoopie cushion prank

40 Pranks for kids

There are more ideas! Check out over 40 ideas for hilarious April Fools Day Pranks for kids. You can’t believe some of these!

candy in a fruit can prank

Harmless April Fools Day Pranks

This list of good pranks are harmless but will still get a laugh. If you have older children #5 would be too funny!

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  1. Anjee
    Monday, March 5th, 2018
    What clever ideas! Can't wait to try these!
  2. Melissa
    Monday, March 5th, 2018
    These are awesome!! Can't wait to try them on my crew. LOL
  3. Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
    What fun April Fool's prank ideas. I love a good (and harmless) prank.
    • Cindy
      Sunday, March 4th, 2018
      Thanks, Susan and Laura! I hope you give them a try!
  4. Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
    these are awesome and your daughter is adorable! Sharing on my weekending post sometime this weekend. laura