April Fool’s Day Pranks to Play on Your FamilyPC: Jessica Morgan

April Fool’s Day, the most underrated non-holiday of them all! A day devoted to silliness is my kind of holiday! Here is a list of my favorite, kid-friendly April Fool’s Day pranks to play on your family and friends.


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

Directions: Buy a box of brownie mix from the store. But don’t use it! Grab your brown card stock. 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! LOL!

Yogurt Mayo (as seen on TV)

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!

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. (Don’t let the kids see you do this!) 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. (My guy falls for this every year!)

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!