April Fools Day may not be a widely celebrated holiday, but it’s still a great opportunity to have some fun with your little ones. It’s always precious to see the looks on their faces when they see you pull off a great prank, and it can be such a bonding experience for the whole family. One of the best sounds is that of a child cracking up and happy, you cannot help but feel joy as a parent. In this post, we’ll be sharing some age-appropriate jokes and ways to celebrate April Fools Day with your young ones.



  1. Start with the classics

Some pranks never get old, so why not start with the tried and true classics? A simple prank like the old woopie cushion when dad or a sibling is about to sit down for dinner, it’s a hilarious surprise every kid gets a kick out of when someone unsuspecting comes along to sit down. Alternatively, you can tell your little ones that you made them an Oreo cookie sandwich for lunch, only for them to find that the filling is actually toothpaste!


  1. Keep it simple

When it comes to pulling pranks with young children, it’s important to keep the jokes easy to understand. Some toddlers can struggle to grasp jokes that are too abstract or complicated. A simple joke like placing googly eyes on your child's toys or switching their cereal box with a mislabeled one can be easy enough for them to giggle at.


  1. Get Crafty 

If you have some time to plan ahead, you could always create an arts and crafts project that doubles as a prank. You could make a fake spider out of pipe cleaners and leave it in random locations around the house to freak family members out. Another great idea is to replace family photos with silly faces or drawings of your family members!


  1. Keep it light

It’s important to remember that not everyone enjoys being pranked. Make sure that your pranks don't go too far, and always check with family members to see if they are okay with being pranked. always be cautious to not come off as mean spirited. Keep your pranks safe and light-hearted. 


  1. Get creative

One of the most fun things about April Fools is that kids can get pretty creative too and have pretty cool ideas, let them come up with some of the pranks on their own and be their assistant, or partner in prank crime. They’ll enjoy directing mom and dad for a change, in the spirit of fun of course.


  1. Make it a family tradition

Lastly, make April Fools Day a fun and memorable tradition for your family! You can have a family breakfast together with intentionally mismatched tableware. Or hold an “April Fools” scavenger hunt with clues that lead to silly pranks. Or simply enjoy each other’s company and relish in the fun that comes with celebrating April Fools Day as a family. I still reminisce with family members some of the pranks we pulled on each other and the adults.



April Fools Day can be a great way for families to have some fun and get silly together. With age-appropriate jokes and activities, you can create some special memories with your little ones. Remember, less is always more when it comes to playing practical jokes with children, and always keep your pranks light and safe. Happy pranking!