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Just because we are living in an unplanned dystopian future that we always assumed would be some other generation’s problem instead of ours doesn’t mean we can’t have a few laughs this April first. Here are some great ideas for pranks to play on your child this April Fools’ Day, even under lockdown:
When your children come down in the morning, tell them, “Good news! The pandemic is over!” Then go for a walk and let them see the yellow tape around the playground. Take a photo of their face and show it to them after they’ve stopped crying.
Tell your kid that class is back in session today, and then drop them off at school. You’ll have quite a laugh around 5 PM or so when you pick them up.
If you have an older child, tell them that their best friend’s mom said they can come over to hang out. Lock the door quietly after they leave.
“The CDC said the best way to fight coronavirus is for everyone to go to bed at 3 PM.” You can wait to do the big reveal on this one in May or so.
Encourage your child to spend the morning making a TikTok video, then reveal that you never downloaded the app and never will.
Tell your family that you fully hate one of them but won’t reveal who. They will spend the day guessing and wondering if this is actually a joke or not.
Convince your child you got them a Cameo from one of their favorite athletes or reality stars or whatever they’re into. When they open up the video, it’s just their teacher, again.
Hide beets in all your family meals today and casually mention that you heard that purple pee and poop is a symptom of a new, really bad strain of COVID-19.
Refuse to open your eyes, speak, or get out of bed all day. They’ll be like “Whaat!?”
Announce to your family that you will be getting a puppy if they can behave perfectly the entire day. When they inevitably melt down an hour later you can say “I guess the puppy’s not coming.” Then pretend to get a phone call about a backup puppy that will only arrive if the kids do all the housework without complaining. You can repeat this process until they stop believing you.
Say, “Ice cream for dinner!” Then serve everyone another bowl of soup, but covered in whipped cream.
Tell your kid that everything is under control and you know everything is going to be all right.
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