Put a little fun in April Fool’s Day with these silly gags, and tell your kids April Fool’s made you do it.

Add a few drops of food coloring to the milk or your children’s cereal bowls – green is always a yucky color. This harmless joke works best if you use a carton or non-transparent plastic jug, and let them see you pour it. Your kids are certain to ask, “What happened to the milk?”

Find a scrap of cloth, then put a dollar on the floor. When your kid bends down to pick it up, rip the fabric. He’ll probably reach back to see if he ripped his pants.

Add a few drops of lemon juice to your children’s water, and wait for her to react.

Trace around a quarter with a pencil, leaving pencil dust along the edge of the coin. Find your child and tell him you want to show him a trick. Use a new quarter and roll it down your forehead, across your nose and down your chin, and challenge your kid to do the same thing. Hand him the marked quarter. When he does the “trick,” congratulate him and walk away – letting him discover the line down his face later.

Pull a switcheroo. Put the salt in the sugar container and the sugar in the salt shaker, and wait with a straight face.

Tell the kids the night before that you’ve decided to ban all utensils from now on. Then hide the utensils so they’ll have to eat breakfast with their hands on April 1.

This one takes a little time, but it’s worth it. If your child’s bedroom door opens to the inside, wait until she’s asleep. Then tape newspaper to the door jamb, creating a space between the door and the door jamb. Fill the space with foam packing peanuts or popped corn. When she opens the door, she’ll be in an avalanche.

For older kids, put a “broken, doesn’t work” sticker on the  computer mouse and an “April Fool’s” sticker on the bottom of the mouse. When your child picks it up the mouse to examine it, he’ll know he’s been had.

Offer your kids a “cheese” sandwich and watch their reaction. Make the realistic-looking sandwich using slices of angel food cake and orange frosting as the “cheese.” They’ll be expecting an entirely different taste.

Unscrew the tops off the bottles in their shower, covering them with plastic wrap. When they’re getting ready, they’ll think they’ve run out of everything.

Glue googly eyes to all the items in the pantry or refrigerator.

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