As adults, we may not necessarily spend the last week of March fantasizing about our ingenious April Fools’ Day plans anymore, but do you know who still loves this holiday? Kids! And you get to play your part in making it a fun tradition they’ll keep looking forward to every year. So rather than the meanie kind of prank, how about showing your daughters how a light-hearted pranking can end up being a fun surprise for everyone? We’ve compiled some sassy yet sweet trick and treats to play on or with your daughter this April Fools’ Day.
1. Rainbow Milk
Pour your daughter her morning cereal, but hand her the carton of milk to pour for herself. Little does she know, you’ve put some bright blue food coloring into the milk. Note, this trick works with a cardboard container, not a jug. When she pours it onto her morning granola, she’ll get a silly shock.
2. Fairy Poop
Tell your daughter you think you saw fairies in the yard. When she comes out to look, you’ve already planted chocolate mini-eggs covered in bright foil. When she sees them, you can say look! It’s fairy poop! We bet you’ll get a laugh out of her for that one. And bonus, she gets to eat the chocolate.
3. Upside Down House
This one comes from Parenting.com. While everyone is asleep, go around the house turning things upside down. Pictures, the calendar, books, even put the orange juice bottle in the fridge upside down. They’ll wake up and wonder what happened!
4. Lunch Switch
Send your daughter off to school with a packed “lunch” in a brown paper bag, or a lunch box. When she opens it up at lunchtime, instead of food, she’ll find a toy or accessory treat she loves instead, like the awesome Trolls Super Shine Lip Jellies Set, or the Elena of Avalor Hair and Beauty Set, that comes with a cute carrying case to fit right in her school bag. Along with that, she’ll find a $5 or $10 bill and a note from you saying surprise! And that she can buy her lunch today, and keep the non-food treat.
5. Cupcakes for Dinner
The inspiration for this classic trick comes from Today.com. Tell your kids you’re having cupcakes for dinner! Fill your muffin tin with colorful wrappers, but instead of cupcakes, you’re going to bake meatloaf (or shepherd’s pie if you prefer) and then “frost” them up with mashed potatoes. Then sit back and watch them take a bite! Note that this is a much nicer trick if you do, indeed let them have cupcakes for dessert after the real dinner.
April Fools’ Day pranks are always more fun when you get to share the laughs with the people you care about and make sure that the pranks are well-meaning and light-hearted. Will you try any of our prank ideas with your kids this April Fools’ Day? If you do, tell us about it in the comments!