16 April Fools’ Day Prank Concepts to Trick the Senses

One in all my favourite happiness-project resolutions is to “Have fun minor holidays,” and certainly one of my favourite minor holidays is April Fools’ Day.

I all the time attempt to prank members of my household—in a straightforward, enjoyable, light means. Nothing too upsetting—and nothing very taxing for me to arrange.

I’ve turned a carton of milk shiny inexperienced with meals dye, frozen a bowl of cereal, and posted a large picture of swimming fish inside my daughter’s bathroom bowl.

As I write about in my new e book Life in 5 Senses, final yr I used “Gelling Joke” to show my daughter Eleanor’s beverage into (non-toxic) sludge. Even I used to be startled by how efficient these items is!

This yr, I used to be out of concepts, so I requested listeners of the Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast for his or her recommendations.

I requested for pranks that made use of the 5 senses, however as I learn individuals’s solutions, I noticed that many April Fools’ pranks play on the 5 senses, by confounding our expectations indirectly.

One thing doesn’t style the best way we count on, or it doesn’t look the best way we count on, or it’s a shocking shade, or it pops out unexpectedly…that’s the enjoyable of the prank!

A distinct form of prank is by shocking somebody with (false) info.

As soon as, on a household spring-break journey, I informed my younger daughters that they couldn’t use the pool, as a result of it needed to be drained for some motive. They had been so upset, however tried to be so cheap about it! I broke down and informed them the reality instantly. Now I desire sensory pranks.

Listed here are a few of my favorites concepts from listeners, that are the entire sensory type:

  • Flip every bit of clothes within the drawers and closet inside out. Bonus hack: A yr later, you may establish and donate any unworn, nonetheless inside-out garments.
  • Eat dessert earlier than dinner.
  • Lower out lots of the letter “E” from brown paper, put them in a pan coated in foil, and provide your loved ones or coworkers some scrumptious “brown-Es.”
  • A basic: short-sheeting.
  • Cover card inventory between the frosting and cookie of an Oreo.
  • Save packages from the mail and place an enormous stack of empty packing containers outdoors the entrance door, to make your loved ones assume you’ve gone on a large spree.
  • On the toilet-paper roll, draw a spider with a Sharpie or glue a plastic spider, so that it’ll come out at any time when somebody pulls the paper.
  • Change luggage of cereal into completely different packing containers, in order that when a member of the family pours out their favourite cereal, the mistaken type lands of their bowl.
  • Put googly eyes on issues throughout the home. [This is my very favorite idea!]
  • Put a drop of meals coloring within the backside of a glass, in order that when a beverage is poured in, it magically turns into one other shade. [Food dye is a great tool for the April Fools’ trickster.]
  • Swap vanilla frosting for toothpaste.
  • Form Starbursts into “child carrots.”
  • Fill a cardboard field with grime and enhance it like a cake.
  • Substitute sugar for salt or vice versa, swap mayonnaise for pudding, or use shaving cream instead of whipped cream.
  • Swap objects in a do-it-yourself college lunch with wrapped wooden blocks or pretend meals (however don’t neglect to incorporate lunch cash).
  • Breakfast for dinner, or dinner for breakfast.

For extra concepts, have a look:

I like these form of enjoyable, simple traditions. They construct happiness as a result of they mark the passage of time in a particular means, they’re memorable, they’re light-hearted, they usually contribute to a way of group identification. The issues that go mistaken usually make the perfect reminiscences—even when these issues are deliberately “mistaken.”

And something that makes us snort is sweet!

What are a few of your favourite April Fools’ Day pranks—both ones that you simply’ve performed on others, or that others have performed on you?