Are any pranks safe for April Fool’s Day?
I’ve had to have a conversation recently with my kids, in advance of April Fool’s Day, about jokes sometimes being dangerous or hurtful (especially following them watching certain YouTube videos).
Yesterday, Toby put hand wash on his brother’s toothbrush! Luckily, the liquid soap was bright red, so suspicions were aroused immediately! What a little prankster! (One word for it). Being the youngest, he obviously has decided to think of more creative ways to get his own back. We’d better all watch out!
But this has prompted me to put together a collection of more ‘safe’ jokes, tricks or pranks, with April Fool’s Day on the horizon. You can adjust them to make them age-appropriate for your child. Some of these we’ve tried, others, well….. watch this space!!
- Frozen breakfast – make the kids’ breakfast cereal the night before and place in the freezer (milk on), then present it to them the next morning at breakfast, and watch as they try to put the spoon in! (Yes we’ve done this!)
- A similar prank – put cling film over the breakfast bowl and see if they notice as they put in their spoon (this was a modification of the clingfilm over the toilet prank that I really didn’t want to have to clean up from!)
- Replace breakfast with a random object – dad went for a potato in a bowl. Very random, but the kids found it hilarious and still talk about it!
- Write a rude message on the toilet paper – I wrote “Poo, you stink!” on ours!
- Put food colouring in the milk or juice – blue is a good one to make everything look disgusting!
- Plastic insects – placed in the bed, on the seat, in their clothes… (from innocent and cute, to realistic spiders and flies depending on the child)
- If you are ‘lucky’ enough to have a fake dog poo (oh yes, we do!), the possibilities for where to place the offending item are almost endless…
- Put something in their shoes – lego, sweets, plastic toys, plastic insects (see (6) above), fake dog poo (see (7) above).
- Put food colouring in the toilet cistern or bath/sink taps, then when the toilet is flushed or the taps turned on, the colour will rush out. Hugo did this with red colouring once and tried to convince us it was blood! The joys of having boys!!
- Use tiny toy plastic plates, cups and bowls from their toys to serve them food on, pretending you haven’t noticed.
- Hang something from a plant or tree, and pretend it grew there – try sweets, marshmallows, even money if you’re feeling generous!
- Trick them into putting something to their face which has lipstick or eyeshadow around the rim – perhaps binoculars, a drinks bottle etc. (tip- make sure it’s a product which will wash off easily!).
- Put vaseline on the door handle. Or actually, don’t, because my son did this and it’s an absolute nightmare to get off! His brother also did it with Vicks vapo-rub too!
- More toilet humour – put a helium balloon under the toilet seat so that it floats up when someone lifts the lid (assuming people actually put the lid down in your house!). I’m not sure if this would work, or if you’d just end up with a soggy balloon actually.
- Tape a party popper to the door with the string tied around the handle, so that when the handle is pulled down, the party popper will go off. (Not for anyone of a nervous disposition!).
Will you be playing tricks on April Fool’s Day? Please let us know what you do, and whether any of these tips work for you!
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