7 Silly Ways to Trick Your Kids on April Fools' Day
Get the camera ready to capture the look on their faces!
All in Good Fun
Who doesn't love a little April Fools' Day spoof? Make your kids giggle (and maybe squirm a little!) with these playful food pranks. They're easy to pull off, require little clean-up (no exploding anything!) and are super silly. Just watch out next year — they might return the favor!
The Chickpea Cocoa "Cereal"
Your kids might think they're in for a sugary breakfast treat — but this cocoa-cereal lookalike is actually roasted chickpeas (a delightful snack, typically, if we do say so ourselves)! Dust roasted chickpeas with cocoa powder, toss in a sieve to shake off any excess, and serve with milk in a bowl.
The Secretly Salty Candy
If your kids are sour candy fiends, they won't think twice before reaching into a bowl of their favorite pucker-inducing gummies. Little do they know that you've rolled the treats in a bit of table salt first (sprinkle salt on a cutting board and press it into the candy with a rolling pin). Their lips will certainly smack when they taste the salty surprise — but you'll be ready with a juice box ('cause you're a pal, right Mom or Dad?).
The Cheese "Cake Pop"
Don't these colorful cake pops look enticing? But, of course, on April Fools' Day, they come with a catch — they're actually cheese pops! Make a moldable cheese mixture by combining cream cheese and shredded cheddar. Roll into balls, dip in melted candy wafers and finish with sprinkles. The first bite will be a surprise — but honestly, if you like a salty-sweet combo, it might be hard not to take a second.
The Gelatin Juice
Imagine the Instagrammable look on his face when your little guy reaches for his morning juice and finds that it won't budge! To make this joke OJ, put 1/4 cup orange juice in a heat-proof measuring glass. Sprinkle a .25-ounce packet unflavored gelatin over the juice and let sit until bloomed, about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 3/4 cup orange juice to a boil in a small saucepan. Pour the hot orange juice into the gelatin mixture and whisk to combine. Pour into a drinking glass, add a straw and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.
The Olive "Cinnamon Buns"
An adult might certainly enjoy olive tapenade spread into a pastry pinwheel (so keep this idea in your back pocket for a cocktail party!), but your kiddo? Not so much. But the tapenade mimics that classic gooey, cinnamon-sugar spread so perfectly, you won't be able to resist pulling this prank. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Unroll an 8-ounce tube refrigerated crescent roll dough on a cutting board and pinch together the seams to make a full rectangle. Spread with a thin layer of Kalamata olive tapenade using an offset spatula or the back of a spoon. Roll up the dough into a log, starting with the long end. Cut into 1-inch pieces. Put the rolls cut-side up on a baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake until light golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes; let cool slightly. Whisk together 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar and 3 to 4 tablespoons milk in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle the icing over the rolls.
The Doughnut Hole Fake-Out
Treating your kids to a box of doughnut holes will earn you "parent of the year" status ... until they open the box and find that you've replaced the sweets with loofahs, cotton balls, or something else equally ridiculous (the more perplexing, the better). Of course, your kids might reinstate your title when you pull out the stash of doughnuts you're hiding — but only if they're not holding a grudge!
The Slime in the Cookie Jar
"Hey, guys, I've made a fresh batch of cookies!" is what you'll say, knowing your kids will sprint to the cookie jar and dip their hands inside without a moment's hesitation. But what will they find there instead? Slime! Instead of a yummy snack, their hands will be coated in the sticky, gooey stuff. But this joke ends on a happy note for everyone — because if there's one thing kids actually love as much as cookies, it's playing with slime. Get our edible glow-in-the-dark slime recipe here.