How I love April Fools’ Day.
And how I love to drag my kids into the April foolery.
This year, I have been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to really sit down and plan like I have in the past–but I wasn’t going to let that stop me.
No way, Jose.
So I’ve got a few good April Fools’ tricks for the last-minute prankster parents in the group. Those people who like to trick their family but may not have remembered that April Fools’ Day was tomorrow until . . . well, just now.
Here’s the skinny. . .
April Fools’ Tricks for Last-Minute Prankster Parents:
I’ve got seven for you–seven pretty easy pranks that will be great for most families with kids who are a little bit older.
1. Brownies for Lunch
Last year I made a huge tray of these and brought them out to our neighbors–and they weren’t too happy.
This year, I thought I’d scale it down a bit–make small brown Es so that the kids could have them in their lunches at school. And break all of the cafeteria rules by sharing them at lunch.
I simply printed out two pages of our ‘brownies’, cut them apart, and wrapped them in foil. At lunch on April Fools’ Day, Maddy, Owen, and Cora will open up their ‘treat’ and have a big surprise!
Hopefully they’ll find it funny and will share them with their friends.
And because I’ll feel secretly guilty all day long, I’ll have real brownies as an after school snack. No fooling!
You can download our sheet of ‘brownies’ here:
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2. Basketball Hoop Plug
Every single day, Owen and our neighbors are outside shooting hoops.
So I thought I’d put a little wrench in their game today. We’ll see how it goes. . .
All I did was lower the hoop, stand on a chair, and use packing tape to secure plastic wrap to the rim.
Then I raised the hoop back to 10 feet.
Bam. Swoosh! Or not. . .
3. Banded Hairbrushes
Maddy and Cora always stand the same way when they’re brushing their hair: they stare at themselves in the mirror, grab their brush without looking, and tear through their knotty hair.
So this little trick will stop them in their tracks a little. Maybe.
I added rubber bands to their brushes. In and around the bristles of their brush. That’s it.
4. Hidden Chargers
I’m not sure how your house is, but every day that the kids are permitted to use electronics, it’s a mad scramble for chargers. So I fixed that.
I took them all away.
Gathered as many as I could find, and I shoved them in a fancy, little bag.
And the really funny thing is that I’m going to keep the bag right on the table, just as it is, to see who actually notices and who then saves the day.
It’ll be a lesson in noticing what’s around. Kind of.
5. Removed Batteries
Even though Wednesdays are ‘unplugged’ days for us, another techy-trick I played is the ole battery removal trick.
Nothing fancy, friends.
Just a simple removal of the battery.
And no, my kids don’t all have phones. These are my husband and my older devices that the kids use as their ‘mobile game playing station’ of sorts.
I wonder who will be the first to catch on–on Thursday when they try to plug back in, that is!
6. Water Sports Drinks
We rarely have sports drinks around the house, but when we do, we often find ‘floaters’ around the house.
Gross. And. Frustrating.
Because they’re not cheap.
Half-finished drinks from who knows when just sitting around here and there like we’re a snack bar or something.
So as a trick, I refilled the bottles. Three of them.
With water and a drop of our bright neon food coloring. Just a few drops in each, and then I shook them up really good.
And before school, I’ll say, Hey! I found these three last Gatorades in the fridge. Whose day is it? Pick a flavor–purple, blue, or red!
(Because when it comes down to it, aren’t sports drinks’ flavors colors and not real flavors? I mean really.
And they’ll probably pick on and think they will have a super awesome drink for lunch.
7. Switched Cereal
Ahhhhh, a simple one but a good one.
Switched the ole cereal bags inside the boxes. So when the kids try to pour the cereal, they’ll think they’re getting one thing but they’ll really get another.
So tricky am I. So tricky.
It’s worth noting that I do all of this trickery because my kids can take it. If they became upset or angry or inconsolable when I tricked them like this, of course I wouldn’t do it.
So they’ll be ready.
I think. . .
Want some more ideas? Our many hilarious ideas include:
- fake bug on pillow
- tape toilet paper roll
- edible eyes in cereal
- pudding coffee
- big googly eyes in shower
- jell-o juice
- real and play food confusion
- fake chicken wings & celery
- fake bug in shoe
- googly eyes everywhere
- googly eyes on sandwich
- family in news
- googly eyes on plant
- candy sushi
- squid dogs
- fake eggs and bacon
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