15 Family-Safe Pranks For April Fool’s Day

Use toy creatures - cute or scary! Try plastic spiders, worms, flies, maggots

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!!

  1.  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!)
    Try a trick with breakfast cereal for an April Fool's Day prank
    Try a trick with breakfast cereal


  2. 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!)
  3. 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!
  4. Write a rude message on the toilet paper – I wrote “Poo, you stink!” on ours!
    Write a message on the toilet paper as an April Fool's Day prank
    Write a message on the toilet paper!


  5. Put food colouring in the milk or juice – blue is a good one to make everything look disgusting!
    Try putting food colouring in the milk or juice for an April Fool's Day joke
    Try putting food colouring in the milk


  6. 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)
    Use toy creatures - cute or scary! Try plastic spiders, worms, flies, maggots
    Use toy creatures – cute or scary!


  7.  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…

    Fake dog poo - always a laugh!
    Fake dog poo – always a laugh!
  8. Put something in their shoes – lego, sweets, plastic toys, plastic insects (see (6) above), fake dog poo (see (7) above).
  9. 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!!

    Food colouring in the toilet cistern or taps
    Food colouring in the toilet cistern or taps
  10. Use tiny toy plastic plates, cups and bowls from their toys to serve them food on, pretending you haven’t noticed.
  11. Hang something from a plant or tree, and pretend it grew there – try sweets, marshmallows, even money if you’re feeling generous!
    Pin something in the trees as a joke for April Fool's Day - marshmallows, toys or maybe money even
    Do you really want to convince them you have a money tree?


  12. 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!).
  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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!). 
    Party poppers can go off with a bang!
    Party poppers, streamers

    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!

    If you like our ideas, why not pin them?

    15 Family friendly, safe pranks, jokes and tricks for April Fool's day
    15 Pranks for April Fool’s Day – pin for later

20 Replies to “15 Family-Safe Pranks For April Fool’s Day”

  1. Brilliant! I love it…we have the fake poo and we’ve used it for so many pranks. At Christmas we get out the whoppee cushion and put it under Nana’s bum just as she is about to sit on the sofa!
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    1. Poor Nana lol!!

  2. Oh I love these! I’m going to try and remember to do the frozen cereal trick 😀
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    1. It went down well in our house! Good luck x

  3. #SharingtheBlogLove you are very naughty! When I was young we once hung a toy adder (from Bristol Zoo) in the apple tree where Dad was doing some pruning. They could hear him scream at the bottom of our road. I’m not sure he’s over it year 30 years on.

    1. Lol I’m not sure I would be either!! We do have a fairly realistic plastic tarantula which turns up in people’s beds on occasion, but thankfully we’re all used to that now!

  4. Brilliant ideas here! I love the food dye one and the frozen breakfast! Might have to try some of them myself 🙂

  5. The frozen breakfast is genius. I might try this one myself Saturday morning.
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  6. Brilliant ideas. I’ll be trying a few of these

    1. Hope they went down well Sam.

  7. Ah, the endless fun of a fake poo! We don’t really do pranks in our house, but I can see it being a really fun little tradition as my son gets older. I love the frozen breakfast idea – and also the potato! The random ones are always the most memorable! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    1. After today I’m wishing we didn’t do pranks either Katy! It has been ‘eventful’!

  8. I’ve never thought to do pranks with the girls, I guess they are a bit young at the moment to understand. But I can see how much this can be as they get older. thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove x
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Yes, my boys are quite a bit older, they are old enough to ‘get’ the jokes now (and unfortunately to look up pranks on YouTube! )

  9. I love the food coloring prank in the milk. I actually tried this on my daughter and she found it hilarious.

    I like how you listed clean pranks that aren’t over the top… I wouldn’t want to go too far.

  10. OMG! I love, love, love these! The frozen breakfast is brilliant!

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    1. Thank you so much Veronica! I hope you try it – let me know!

  11. These are all great! Haha. I will have to remember these when my little one is old enough to appreciate them. 🙂

  12. This is such an awesome list! Oh I wish I’ve read this yesterday. I really like the message in the bog roll. I think that would have gone down well with Ethan. 🙂

    Thank you very much for linking up with us on #FabFridayPost

  13. I best not show this list to my husband – he would be in his element pranking all of us!! #fabfridaypost

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