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3 Easy April Fools Ideas

For April Fool’s Day, we like pranks that are easy to pull off at the last minute. Here are a few of our favorites, most of which use things from around the house.

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Googly Eyes  – This one makes me laugh. Stick googly eyes on things. Like a fruit basket on the kitchen table or everything inside your fridge!

3 Easy April Fools Ideas | Oh Happy Day!

Giant Pencils – This one will need a little advance planning (unless you keep giant pencils on the ready.) My kids crack up when they see me writing with a huge pencil. Then send it to school with your kids to do their school work.

3 Easy April Fools Ideas | Oh Happy Day!

Frozen Cereal – This is my favorite. It’s so easy and the look of surprise on your kids faces is so funny. Throw a bowl of cereal in the freezer the night before. When your kids come to the breakfast table, they’ll be confused when their spoon is not working.

Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day 



  1. Hannah S

    March 23, 2015

    Love love love the googly eyes 🙂

  2. Kirsty

    March 23, 2015

    Great ideas 🙂

    Kirsty |

  3. Natalie | Circus & Bloom

    March 23, 2015

    Ohh, fun! I love the frozen cereal idea 🙂

    Circus & Bloom

  4. Uli

    March 23, 2015

    Ah I might try the frozen cereals April fool with my boyfriend, that’s hilarious (and he looooves cereals). Thanks for the inspiration! x


  5. Lisa P

    March 23, 2015

    oh…LOVE the frozen cereal idea!!! Thank you!

  6. Paige

    March 23, 2015

    I’m loving the eyeballs on the fruit! So fun and cute! I’m totally going to do that!


  7. Melanie

    March 23, 2015

    Love the googly eyes idea! these ideas are such a cute way to have fun and make the day silly (though my huge eater would freak out over the frozen cereal. haha)


  8. Sally from Little Hiccups

    March 23, 2015

    I love the whole fruit bowl with googly eyes!
    I put googly eyes on everything in my preschooler’s lunch box last year and she could was so excited when she opened it up at lunch time. The only draw back was that she refused to eat anything as it all looked so cute!
    We did the frozen cereal last year too, plus googly eyes in the bathroom, pennies glued to the floor, and made a fake milk spill out of dried glue which was left on my husband’s laptop! The kids had so much fun with it all.
    You can see our pranks here:

  9. Emily

    March 23, 2015

    We did the frozen cereal last year and my husband filmed my kids trying to eat. It was hilarious! They were so confused and a little annoyed. They love to watch themselves on our little home video now, they laugh and laugh! I highly recommend it!

  10. Susan

    March 23, 2015

    Sally, when I was skimming through the comments, I mis-read “pennies glued to the floor” as …well, something else. And I thought, “That is a bold April Fool’s prank! I wonder how that would go over here …” and then I looked more closely and said, “Oh. Pennies.” 🙂

  11. Kelly

    March 23, 2015

    I love the googly eyes. I know my 4-year-old will laugh.

  12. Kimbercrafts

    March 23, 2015

    My two year old is obsessed with google eyes – I am going to have to put google eyes on her breakfast banana for April Fools. Great idea!

  13. Emily S

    March 23, 2015

    Last year I froze the tortilla soup I had made for dinner – with spoons in them so they looked all ready to eat. At the last second I poured a tiny bit of hot soup over top to hide the frozen part. Tricked the two kids and the husband!

  14. AshleyL

    March 23, 2015

    LOVE this! Too funny and oh so creative!

  15. Kari

    March 23, 2015

    I love the googly eye idea!!!

  16. Heidie

    March 23, 2015

    These are so cool, love the idea, thanks for the inspiration. Love your blog by the way. Check out my Things I’ve Made page! 🙂 xoxo Heidie

  17. Monique | WritingMonique

    March 24, 2015

    These ideas are so cute! I love the fruit with the eyes!

  18. Grace Ann

    March 24, 2015

    If you want to fool your colleagues, get to the office before them and put a piece tape over the sensor on the bottoms of their computer mouses. Their expressions are hilarious while they try to figure out the problem. One even called IT to take a look. 😀
    This was a bit risky but anther good one, I raised my bosses desk chair up all the way so that when he sat down he actually sat high up! He was a good sport, luckily. :-p

  19. Trenton Talbot Photography

    March 24, 2015

    Terrific! Right on time 🙂

  20. Rose

    March 24, 2015

    Ah! I love the frozen cereal idea!

  21. Jo

    March 24, 2015

    These are way too fun, Jordan! Thank you for the great ideas, as always.

    I’m going to put a tiny piece of scotch tape over one of the bathroom faucet spouts (so the water would splash — I’ll leave enough opening so it doesn’t splash too much :^)… I’m pretty sure my three men (2 boys+1 adult male, like you :o) will not mind my prank… It’ll be my turn for once! Haha.

  22. Sandra

    March 27, 2015

    Hilarious! I am going to try out the cereal one!

  23. Amanda

    March 30, 2015

    OMG frozen cereal!!! That is awesome.

  24. Anna

    March 30, 2015

    SO doing the frozen cereal, thanks for the great idea!

  25. heck yah! saw these pics just in time. rolly-eyeball-fruit, here we come! thanks.

  26. Jessica Rodarte

    April 3, 2015

    The frozen cereal idea is my favorite, too! I used it this past week for April Fools. My older daughters were confused/amused. My 8 year old tried to pry the spoon out. It was so funny. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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