Spill “milk” all over your kid’s most prized possession.
This splatter (which won’t harm your kid’s computer or anything else) is easily made using glue and soap.
Serve a dessert grilled cheese.
Your kids won’t be mad at you when they realize they get to eat poundcake and frosting.
A mashed potato sundae also makes for quite the surprise.
Act like the coolest parent ever and tell your kids you’ll be serving sundaes for dinner, that way when they realize their sundae is actually mashed potatoes and gravy, it can be their dinner.
Put a fake parking ticket on the windshield of your newly driving teen.
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Stick googly eyes on the food in your refrigerator.
Tell your kids you’ve baked them a pan of brownies.
Er, make that brown E’s.
Confuse your kid on the ride to school.
Stuff toilet paper into the toe of your kid’s shoes.
This is especially fun if you casually mention to your kid first thing in the morning that their feet look bigger.
Send your kid to school with a moldy sandwich.
The sandwich is fine, of course. It’s the sandwich bag that has green markings on it.
Freeze your kid’s morning cereal.
Put a bowl of your kid’s favorite cereal and milk in the freezer overnight, then watch in the morning as your unsuspecting kid clanks a spoon against the frozen milk.
Rig a ketchup bottle to squirt string instead of ketchup.
“Hot dogs are ready, kids. Tee-hee!”
Sew one of your kid’s socks closed halfway down.
If you’re the sewing type this prank will leave you in stitches.
Make “chocolate chip cookies” out of mashed potatoes and black beans.
Put a “for sale” sign in your front yard.
Want to take this prank to the next level? When your kid asks where you’re moving to, say, “Alaska.”
Give your kid an April Fools’ Day “lollipop.”
Make your kid think the principal called.
Use your best acting skills as you tell your worried kid the principal’s laundry list of complaints.
Take a photo of someone your kid cares about “floating” (like a parent, grandparent, or sibling), then show it to your kid and feign amazement.
“I can’t explain what happened, kids. Right now everything I know about the universe is upside down!”
Cover the remote sensor with a piece of tape.
Try not to laugh as your kid tries over and over to turn on the TV.
Block the spout of your kid’s shampoo bottle.
Unscrew the cap, cover the top with saran wrap, then screw the cap back on and cut off the excess.
Put a twist on a sunny-side-up egg.
A halved peach in yogurt not only looks like an egg, but also makes a delicious breakfast.
Put a surprise in the mailbox.
This one is especially great for kids who regularly bring in the mail.