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The kids completely light up when a practical joke is played on them.

by Rachel

Developmentally, 3-6 year olds love to find things that are not “right”. We have a list of 10 Kids April Fools Pranks – and below are a few of the other pranks we have done on our kids.

Every couple of weeks, we have a Wacky Wednesday. Our day is loosely based on the book by Theo Lesieg. We do a couple of wacky pranks throughout the day and the kids try and find them.


Put a sardine (small salted fish) in the door handle of the car – have baby wipes ready to wipe their stinky fingers afterwards. The kids will shriek when they open the car only to have a fish pop out at them!!

Tape a bike horn behind the door, squishy side in – so the door slams into the horn. They will jump when the door “honks” at them.

Do you have clear-ish plastic cups for the kids? Put a couple drops of yellow food dye in the bottom of the cup, then their favorite beverages change colors once the liquid gets in the glass.

Give them a glass of vanilla pudding instead of milk for breakfast. Watch them try and drink it before handing them a spoon…OR Give them “juice” for breakfast that is actually jello – thanks Sarah for the second suggestion.

Balance a cup of water on top of the bathroom door (must open into the bathroom). When someone closes the door, it hits the wall and falls off on them. If you don’t want a wet mess, consider using confetti.

Dip a couple of drops of blue food coloring into the bristles of their tooth brush, as they brush their teeth will turn blue.

Have an Easter egg hunt (even if it’s December), only super glue the eggs closed. Yes, we really did this. Be prepared with real eggs. Our kids were a bit disappointed by this one.

This is a fun simple prank to do with your child. Super glue a quarter to the floor (we used the sidewalk outside our house) and see how many people try to pick it up. If your kids are like mine, they will be standing over the quarter explaining the prank to everyone walking by.

This is a fun birthday prank, or a great “start” to a school break or other fun day. Balloon a door. Once your kids are in bed for the night close the door, put a trashbag over the door – taping it to the jam, fill the gap with balloons – when your kids open the door balloons flood onto them.

Stick a gummy worm into an apple. As they bite down they will get a texture surprise

Fill their shoes with pebbles or beads. I have seen this done with jelly beans too – but I don’t want the kids eating things that had contact with their feet. It is fun to see their surprise as they stuff their feet into their shoes.

Make a special “dessert” lunch. Pound cake Grilled Cheese. Toast slices of pound cake to be the bread and use orange icing as the cheese. You will have some happy kiddos!



What did you do to give them the gift of surprise?? I would love to hear about it in the comments!!


Want to read more about Wacky Wednesdays? Check out the book:

Rachel is the founder of the blog, One Crazy House. She is the co-author of 101 Kids Activities that are the Bestest, Funnest Ever! and The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and six children.