We love April Fools’ Day. Any day that encourages us to be extra silly is a big win for us. Add to that the fun that comes from playing pranks on or with our kids? Well, sign us up! Here are a few fabulous April Fools’ funnies that are filled with fun for the whole family!

Rainbow Cereal
Add a drop or two of food colouring to the bottom of the cereal bowl and cover it with dry cereal. Give your kiddo a little pitcher of milk to pour in and watch as the milk turns blue (or pink or yellow or green).

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Balloon Surprise
Close your kiddo’s door and secure balloons using streamers so that when they open the door in the morning the balloons fall down on them and they have to wade through the streamers. You’ll likely wake up to giggling kids, which is a pretty good way to wake up.

Fake Foods
Do they love Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup? Who doesn’t! Switch this one up. Slices of toasted pound cake and spread frosting tinted orange in between the slices for the sandwich. Mix vanilla pudding with strawberry puree and add a little orange food colouring for the soup. Do you have a French-fries and ketchup fiend? Bake some apples sliced with a crinkle cutter and tossed in sugar and cinnamon in an oven at 400 for 8 minutes. Serve with strawberry preserves as ketchup. Or what about a mashed potato and gravy sundae? Yum! Just scoop mashed potatoes with an ice cream scoop and place in a tall sundae glass if you have it.

Eye See You
Put googly eyes on everything you can. Fruit, vegetables, appliances and more. Check party stores for giant googly eyes. This trick is especially funny if you find enough googly eyes to add to everything in the refrigerator so when your kiddo opens the door all of the food is staring back at them.

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Upside Down Everything
Turn everything you can upside down. Pictures, clocks, lamps, stuffies, furniture (tables are especially effective).

Big Foot
This is a great one to get them involved in. Get your kiddos to stuff your spouse’s shoes toes with toilet paper so when they put their feet in their shoes, they won’t fit.

Time Change
This takes a dedication and commitment to waking up early. Also, doesn’t work well if your kid wakes up at 5 am (and if they do, we are very sorry). Wake up well before your kid and dress and act like you’ve been through your day, so that when they wake up at 6:30 and wander in to the kitchen, dinner is being made and everyone is acting like it is 6:30 pm, not 6:30 am.

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We love being silly on April Fools’ Day and have a blast tricking our kiddos. Just be prepared, if you pull these tricks on your kids this year, they may have something up their sleeves for you next year!

By Erin Jeffery

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