April 1st, more commonly known as April Fool’s Day, is the one day of the year when it’s perfectly acceptable to play pranks on those around you! The origins of this holiday are not quite certain, with several different theories circulating around. One of the most popular stories dates back to 1582, when France switched to the Gregorian Calendar, changing the official date of New Year’s Day from April 1st to January 1st. The story goes that some refused to change to the new calendar, and were subsequently made fun of, with their friends and neighbors playing pranks on them and calling them “fools”.

Regardless of the true origin of this fun-filled holiday, the tradition continues with pranksters of all ages scheming new ways to shake things up. Here are some easy and family friendly April Fool’s pranks that are sure to stir up some fun!

Fun April Fool’s Day Pranks:

A “Fishy” Ice Cube

Drop a Swedish fish into an ice cube tray and fill with water to create your own “fishy” treats. Unsuspecting victims will be surprised when they notice a licorice fish floating around in their drink!

A Colorful Smile

Add a few drops of food coloring to your victim’s toothbrush; the darker the better. This will cause their teeth to be temporarily colored – just try and keep a straight face when they enter the room!

Toilet Paper Trauma

Add a bit of glue to the loose of the toilet paper roll; this will make it difficult for them to find the start of the toilet paper!

Hacked Facebook Page

Even if your victims keep their social media information on lockdown, you can still have some fun with a bit of photo editing skills! Take a screenshot of their facebook page, then use a photo editing program to change their photo to something relatively embarrassing. You can go as far to change the banners and comments if you really want to get a reaction. Open the completed image onto the full screen so they think you really changed their page!

Serve Backwards Food

Instead of serving the usual spaghetti and meatballs dinner, switch it up a bit by turning the entrees into desserts and the desserts into entrees! Spaghetti turns into shredded chocolate crepes, and meatballs become irresistible truffles. We love these Cupcakes that Look like Hamburgers from celebrations.com; sure to put an April Fool’s smile on anyone’s face!

Swap the Juice for Jello

Prepare breakfast or dinner as usual and swap out the typical juice drink for a tall refreshing glass of jello – a sweet yet unexpected surprise!

Mouse Malfunction

Tape a piece of paper onto the ball of the computer mouse. Write “April Fools” on the paper so your victim will know they’ve been pranked when they flip it over.


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