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7 April Fools’ Day Pranks for Families

On April Fools’ Day, the first day of April, it is customary for people to play tricks on each other. Do you want to play a prank on your kids? Here are:

7 April Fools’ Day Pranks for Families

(1) Jell-O® Juice

The night before, make some Jell-O, following the directions on the package, and pour some into tall, clear plastic drinking cups with a straw in each cup. Put the cups in the refrigerator overnight so the Jell-O sets. The next morning, give the cups to your kids and watch them try to sip the Jell-O through the straw.

(2) Frozen Cereal

Put bowls of cereal with milk in the freezer the night before. Watch your kids clang their spoons trying to eat their breakfast. You may want to pour a thin layer of milk on top of the frozen milk before you set out the bowls at breakfast time. Or, to increase the fun, put a spoon into each bowl, too, before putting the bowls into the freezer!

(3) Sensor Problems

Put a piece of non-transparent tape over the sensor on your television’s remote control. (Or, take out the batteries.) See how long it takes for someone in your family to figure out why the TV won’t switch on. Similarly, you can cover the computer mouse’s sensor.

(4) Green Milk

Put a couple of drops of food coloring in a carton of milk. Watch your kids’ expression as you pour the milk into their bowl of cereal.

(5) Overnight Growth Spurt

Put some cotton balls or balled-up facial tissue or toilet paper in the toes of your kids’ shoes. Watch them struggle to put their shoes on.

(6) Faucet Surprise

Put a rubber band around the trigger on the kitchen sink faucet sprayer. Turn the sprayer towards the front. When someone turns on the faucet, he or she will get sprayed with water. (Of course, you might end up being the one to clean up the water.)

(7) Toilet Paper Spider

Unroll the toilet paper a little and draw a spider on one of the squares. Roll the toilet paper back and see which person in your family finds the spider.

Bonus Prank: This reminds this blog’s author of a prank he and his father played on his sister when they were growing up. One night, we put an alarm clock set to 5:00 a.m. (when we were up, but she wasn’t) outside her bedroom window. The only way for her to turn off the alarm was to go outside and get it.

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