Family-Friendly Jokes

Though laughter can be shared with family members every day, April Fools' Day is a great way to celebrate the benefits of mirth. Laughing not only brings people closer, it’s good for your health, too! Here are a few family-friendly April Fools' Day jokes that will teach your kids the fun that comes with good-natured pranks.

1April Fool Prank IdeasFools' Food

A tasty way to fool your kids (or let them fool you) is to make April Fools' Day dishes that deceive the eye and palate. For example, cook mini meatloaves in cupcake liners and top with mashed potatoes tinted pink with natural food coloring. For your fruit-loving kids, core an apple and insert a dark-colored gummy worm. For more fun, buy realistic-looking toy plastic flies and strategically hide them in breakfast, lunch or dinner meals.

2Cunning Candy

Another food prank that your kids may actually hope you do more often is to take various candies and shape or cut them to resemble vegetables. Mix them with plain yogurt and pour them into a pie plate. Top with a baked puff pastry crust and serve the dish as vegetable pot pie.

3Fake Houseguest

In the morning before your kids get up, stage a fake houseguest at the breakfast table. Stuff a little girl's long dress, or jeans and shirt, with towels, pillows and/or newspaper. Sit "her" in a chair and prop a newspaper on her lap, so no one can see her upper body or head. Tell your kids they have a new "roomie" and introduce them to "April," a young girl who loves reading the newspaper and doesn't talk much.

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4Big Foot

At dinner the night before April Fools' Day, introduce your kids to a new vegetable and tell them if they eat it, they will wake up bigger and stronger. (If your kids have never eaten Brussels sprouts, this is the perfect time to serve it.) When they go to sleep, stuff the toes of their shoes with cotton or newspaper and, if possible, swap out their jeans and shirts with clothing a size too small. You can also have your kids do this to your spouse's shoes and clothing for some extra giggles.

5Falling Socks

Let your kids fill your spouse's medicine cabinet or cupboards with rolled-up socks or small plastic balls. Then stifle your laughter and watch the surprise when he or she opens the doors.

6Sticky Coins

Have your kids super-glue a few dimes or quarters on the sidewalk out front, then camp out at the window and watch how many passers-by bend down to pick up the coins -- or try to, at any rate!

What are some of your favorite April Fools' pranks to pull on your kids?

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Comments on "Best April Fools' Day pranks for kids"

Williamsburg Mom March 31, 2013 | 3:19 PM

This article is called "Best April Fool's Day pranks for kids". My nine year old looked at it. At the bootom of the page are links to "21 Little moves that will rock your world (and his!)", "6 positions you haven't tried" and "8 Signs you're being used for "...all completely NOT family-friendly. The webmasters really have to think about what they are posting on site that are supposed to be family-oriented.

Kemba Walker April 01, 2011 | 2:37 PM

The best prank kids can do is putting green food dye on a tissue and putting it on someones pillow. CLASSIC!

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