April Fool’s Jokes for Kids to Play on Parents

Tons of April Fool's Jokes for Kids to Play on their Parents


It’s that time of year again!  We usually prank our kids, but my daughter came to me a couple weeks ago and wants to get her dad.  Since I was coming up with some ideas for her, I thought I would share them with y’all! These April Fool’s jokes are for kids to play on parents…that means you or their other parent with your help.  Have fun!

Younger Kids:

1. Put a rubber band around the sink sprayer and let your parents wash their hands. Stand near by to watch their reaction. But beware of cleaning up the water that didn’t get them!

2.  Put a rubber band around the push button of the spray nozzle (the kind with a hose) so the button stays down. Point it forward. When your parent uses the sink they will get a wet surprise!

3. Set parent’s alarm clock for the middle of the night and hide it somewhere in the room where they will have to get up and scramble around to turn it off.

4. Move the time on your parent’s clock up an hour.  Best done after your parents have gone to bed.

5. If your parents have a traditional phone with a hook that presses down when the handset is in the cradle, tape it down. When they answer a call it will keep ringing.

6. Take a piece of tape and place it over the eye of your parent’s optical mouse. When they try to use their computer, the cursor won’t move.  (Note if they have a standard mouse, you can perform the same trick by taping a piece of paper over the ball underneath the mouse.)

7.  Make a sandwich for your parents, but don’t remove the wrapper from the slice of cheese. When they bite down they’ll get a chewy surprise.

8. Stuff some cotton into the toes of your parents’ shoes. They will think their feet grew or their shoes shrank.

9. Take all the cereal in the house, remove the plastic bags from the boxes, and switch them around. When your parents try to eat breakfast they will do a double-take when the wrong cereal pours out.

10. Get up a bit earlier than your parent and take the cell phone and tape it underneath their chair at the kitchen table.  Then, when they are eating breakfast, call their cell phone and watch the reaction.  They will look everywhere for that phone and will not think of looking under the kitchen chair!

11. Sneak into Dad’s  underwear drawer and safety pin all of his undies together side by side. When he pulls out one pair, they all come out!

12. Take a screenshot of the desktop on Dad’s computer, and leave the image open. Let him freak out for a few minutes, believing the computer is frozen.

13. Swap out sugar for salt and watch Dad put it in his morning cup of coffee. (Be nice and have a second, non-salted cup ready to go though).

14. Get some clear plastic wrap and completely cover a door way. Be sure your around to see the face as your mom or dad walks into it.

Older Kids (Teens):

1. Clean the house and do the dishes. Fill the car with gas and wash it.

2. Cover car with hundreds of post it notes.

3. Take the top sheet off parents’ bed, and tuck the bottom end under the top end of the mattress. Pull it down and then fold it back up so that the top end is where it would be if the bed was made normally. Replace the pillow, blanket, etc., and make up the bed like it was before. When your parents get into bed, they’ll be surprised when they can’t slide their feet all the way down to the bottom of the bed!

4. Buy a package of “hair extensions” that match your parent’s hair. (Look for inexpensive ones in the hair accessory section of a drug store or grocery store.) Snip some strands about the length of your parent’s real hair and spread it around on their pillow while they are asleep. They will wake up to a real fright!

5. Buy a pack of underwear that matches those that your parent usually wears, but make sure they are one or two sizes too small. Wash them a few times so they don’t look new. When your parent puts them on, on April 1st, they will think they’ve put on a few too many pounds.

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  1. These are some really great tricks, but I don’t think I’m going to let my kids read this! 😉

  2. My daughter liked the one when you put coton in your parents slippers she is going to put it in her dads slippers and boots.

  3. I am so going to do this to my parents

  4. Elisa Kilsbirrow says

    I’m so gonna put post it notes on my guardians car

  5. Lol these are funny but i am only ten

  6. You should use a mouse and plug it in someone’s computer. See what they do when you move your mouse around.

  7. ya same here kylah

  8. I’m so gonna do these tomorrow for my parents!!

  9. LOL I love this website and I’m about to do the sticky note one.

  10. Danica Boley says

    Do you know what a big mess I would have to clean up… Not counting the punishment! Yet I will still do it!

  11. Debra Wagner says

    Those are so funny. . You can print those off and leave them laying around so the kids could read them or you could just leave the computer open so they can see it and read it and pick once they want to do to Mom and Dad

  12. I am going to do the spray nozzle trick all of these sond good but aren’t really helpful I’m 10 my parents are more old – timey thanks anyways though!

  13. Super funny

  14. I like the one where it’s says to clean the house and car. LOL

  15. RiverChicken886 says

    I put red pepper flakes in my parent’s coffee

  16. Charlotte says

    The one with the teens; wash car and put gas in it. Clean the dishes and house.
    That one cracked me up!

  17. The box one lol

  18. My mom’s so picky with April fools pranks she wouldn’t let me do half of those !!

  19. I am Defently do atleased 5 of these tomorrow

  20. The teen ones are great I’m 14 and they are awesome. I loved it I did the one where to make it look like they lost there hair it was amazing to see there expressions ❤️

  21. My little brother and I are going to get our parents we can’t wait for tommorow

  22. same like taylor

  23. Anonymous says

    My parents won’t know what they’re walking into April 1

  24. Griffin Rick says

    Oh ya got my parents with the plastic wrap in the door way. Ha should have seen my moms face

  25. I am doing the cotton wool trick it’s so funny

  26. Ashlii/Melody says

    I’m going to make cookies with chili peppers in them and tape the bottom of the sink partly so that when they go to get water, they get sprayed. ; )

  27. those are some good,and funny April fools jokes


  29. These are awesome can’t wait to try them.

    Here I come Mom and Dad


  30. Hard but fun

  31. Karmyn Dearda says

    I am difedently going to do this to my parents. I have two younger siblings and I am going to have them help with the schemes!!!

  32. Same, I might try the cotton or the underwear one on my dad. It will be so funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Adalyn Blodgett says

    these are really great suggestions!!! i am a kid so i am going to do one prank on my mom and dad.

  34. Some of these are hallarious I want to see my brother’s face when he sees these

  35. Omg I am defenetly using the hair on the pekoe one!!!!!

  36. These are really really really good pranks.
    Me and my younger bro have mad oh centrists because we don’t have most of the stuff and we are sure that both our parentsour gonna fall for it.

  37. And we are definitely using the plaster in the door prank.
    Oh boy, do we love it…

  38. Im doing it this year fukers

  39. She was trying to trick us to do chores on number one and in other one we have to make our parents bed but I’m going to use one or two

  40. OMG I’m going to do the desktop one

  41. I am going to do this on my parents

  42. If you’re lazy, just put a sign on the fridge that says “today you are going to get pranked so hard!”, and then do absolutely nothing.

  43. Psssh dummy that is all I say

  44. Me too

  45. Phoebe L says

    Same here but I still might do them

  46. zfxgchgvjhbkjnklm;,.' says

    I am a kid and it was ok but my parents were able to suspect it.

  47. It is aprial fools me and my brother are teaming up on my mom!!! ha ha

  48. I am a kid and I am am going to prank my baby brother, my mom,and my dad. My mom pranked me so I want to get revenge.
    My baby brother is so annoying that I want to just punch him. He always calls me a crybaby so I am going to make this prank big.
    P.S if anyone is reading this do these pranks

  49. My parents wont belive their eyes says

    I already booby traped my WHOLE PARENTS ROOM!! Can you belive that

  50. I’m doing the one when I safety pin my dads underwear.

  51. Umm why would someone clean the house for there parents???

  52. YES

  53. i gonna do number 6 on kids

  54. Somebody farted says

    hehehehehe my dad is gonna get a surprise

  55. I hope it works.

  56. pretty cool totally going to do this to my parents.

  57. luvin' life says

    I have a whole list of pranks that I am going to do this year. My family’s never done April Fools pranks, we just do
    “OH NO! THERE’S A SNAKE IN THE BATHROOM!” kind of stuff, so this year I am actually doing pranks. I am going to switch the underwear in my mom’s and little brother’s drawers, safety pin my dad’s underwear together, draw a mustache on my brother’s face while he is sleeping, place bubble wrap underneath the carpets and rugs, string confetti poppers across doors so that when you open the door, you get a loud pop and a burst of confetti, and placing a sticky note that says ‘April Fools!’ on the tracking ball of my dad’s mouse so that it goes crazy, because he uses it EVERY SINGLE DAY, etc. I am also probably going to switch the blankets and pillows around on my mom and dad’s bed, and THEN do prank #3 in the teens section, so that their bed is backwards, AND they can’t get their feet to the base of the bed.

  58. Lena Patterson says

    Im thinking bout doing the rubber band on the water sprayer i think my mother in law needs to be got lmbo