50 Funny And Harmless Pranks On Kids

50 Funny And Harmless Pranks On Kids

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Parenting is not always about teaching and disciplining. It is a kaleidoscope that also includes sharing your emotions with kids, playing with them, and then fooling them sometimes for fun sake.

Among the best things to have a great laugh together is to play pranks. MomJunction shares with you the best playful and harmless pranks you can try on your children.

Simple Pranks For Kids

You can try these pranks on your children. But be watchful as they, too, may try them on you. Tit-for-tat?

1. Block the spout of bottles

Take the shampoo bottle of your kid and unscrew the cap. Cover the top of the bottle with a transparent plastic wrap or a saran wrap. Screw the cap back on the top and cut off the rest of the paper so that nothing shows from outside. Your kid will try hard to get some shampoo out but won’t be able to.

2. Tape trick on remote

Cover up the remote sensor using a small strip of tape. You may also put one on the TV sensor. Watch your kid trying hard to put their favorite TV show on but do not laugh. They may go as far as asking you to change the batteries!

3. April fool prank

Make chocolate chip cookies on the occasion of April Fool’s Day. But, of course, do not mention April Fool beforehand. Mash up potatoes for your kid’s favorite cookie recipe. Do not add spices like black pepper that bring color to the dish. Put a lot of canned black beans, which will look exactly like chocolate chips. Put spoonfuls of the mixture on a cookie sheet and bake them for about 20 minutes. Serve them as cookies, and let your kid taste them only to realize the real taste.

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4. Eat a fly

Place a raisin inside a napkin and keep it in one of your hands. With the other hand, pretend to swat a fly while your child is watching. Take that napkin and pretend to pick up the fly with the napkin and then eat the raisin. Your kid will feel disgusted thinking that you have eaten the fly.

5. Playful washroom prank

Replace the liquid soap of your bathroom with the same color syrup for a good sticky prank.

6. Kids shoe prank

Stuff some toilet paper inside the shoes of your kid. It will make the shoe tighter as if their feet have grown overnight. Casually mention that they have grown big, so they are delighted.

7. Googly eyes

Stick googly eyes on the eggs you keep in the refrigerator. As soon as your kid opens the refrigerator door, they’ll be taken aback for a few seconds. This can be a fun prank for kids at night.

8. Make prank brownies

Tell your kids you have baked them brownies. Take a brown paper and cut many pieces of the letter E. Cover up the baking tray with silver foil. Let them open and see that you made them ‘brown Es’.

9. Can’t drink

Put some gelatin in milk and keep it in the refrigerator. Wait until your child says, “Mom, why can’t I sip it?”

10. What got spilled?

Take a bottle of nail polish and a regular plastic wrap. Brush some nail paint on the wrap and let it dry completely. Once it dries, cut the excess plastic off. Then, place it carefully on your kid’s prized object, whether it is the laptop or a toy. Put a plastic wrap on the nail paint bottle opening, so that it won’t spill. Place it in a position that looks like it is the nail paint that spilled.

11. Sanitizer gone wrong

Add some lubricating jelly in a bottle of hand sanitizer. That’s going to be some surprise lubrication.

Sanitizer gone wrong

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12. Annoying toys

When your kids are playing with toys that work on batteries, take the batteries out. It will take them long to find out what’s happening.

13. Upturned cup with a note

Every child is scared of roaches. Take a thermocol cup and put it upside down with a note, while your kid is away. The note should read something like this: Don’t take this off or it will start crawling (or flying) asif there’s an insect inside.

14. Grease the hands with peanut butter

Put a little peanut butter on the handle of your kid’s drawer or wardrobe. It will be completely out of sight and is quite a thing to watch when your kid gets it on their hands.

15. Follow my orders

Is your kid naughty and yet gives you enough reasons to like their naughtiness? This time play smartly and kill it with your wit. Place a medium sized rock in the middle of your kid’s room. Make sure the weight of the rock is okay for your child to lift. Use black paint and write “Turn me over” with a wink. Let them turn it over to read, “You just took orders from a rock”.

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Food Pranks For Kids

Try these pranks during holidays, for during normal days you wouldn’t want your kid to miss the school bus!

16. Salt cookies

Announce to your kids that you are baking cookies for them. Replace half of the quantity of sugar you put with salt. Watch their faces as they take their bite with excitement.

17. Twist the regular omelet

Cut peach into the half. Spread some yogurt on the plate to look like the egg white. Put half of the peach on top of it. Half a peach on yogurt looks exactly like an egg omelet.

18. Replace Cheetos

Open a packet of Cheetos and empty it. Take baby carrots and put them inside the packet. Seal the packet with glue and let your kid open it to see what’s inside.

19. Cereal surprise

Add a few drops of food color to your kid’s cereal bowl. Add up the cereal as you usually do. Ask your little one to pour the milk. As they pour the milk, they will see color oozing out.

Cereal surprise

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20. Oreo combinations

Your kids must be loving Oreo? Make it special this time by replacing the cream with toothpaste. Put it in the refrigerator and let the toothpaste set a little. Wait for the reaction after the first bite.

21. Pringles prank

This is an idea that your child can play on others. Offer pringles to others after licking the flavor off each one of them.

22. Scream for ice cream

Instead of scoops of ice cream, add mayonnaise scoops or maybe potato mash. Then pour chocolate syrup over it and add some sprinkles before serving.

23. Unlike cheese puffs

Buy cheese puffs and cover them in melted chocolate. Solidify the chocolate by freezing them and put them in a whoppers box. Next, just hand it over to your kid.

24. Freeze the breakfast

Put your little one’s favorite cereal in a bowl. Add milk and put it in the freezer for the entire night. Before serving it in the morning, add some milk on top to hide the frozenness. Your child will then clank their spoon on it.

25. Onion caramel lollipops

Take some onions and remove the stems. Peel them and cut off the ends to make them smooth. Put wooden craft sticks into them. Make the caramel mixture and roll the onions in it. Use a spatula to spread the caramel on the onion surface evenly. Put them in a baking dish and then cool them in the fridge. Your kids will bite eagerly only to realize it is not something they would want to eat.

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Epic Pranks For Kids

Remember some pranks you tried on your friends or they tried on you as a child? It’s time you use them again.

26. Prank with straws

Take a small part of marshmallow and shove it inside one end of the straw to clog it. Put this straw in your kid’s favorite beverage and see them battling to get a sip.

27. Sew it away

Take your kid’s socks and sew it halfway. Keep it generally in its usual place. As your little one tries to put their feet inside, they’ll suddenly find themselves stuck.

28. Bubble wrap pranks

Kids love bursting bubbles. Slide bubble wrap inside your child’s rug and wait for them to step on it.

29. Insect alert

Cut up a giant beetle or spider from a color paper and stick it underneath your kid’s lamp shade. Wait until they switch on the lamp.

30. Much effort, no money

Take a coin and glue it to the ground. Walk away and casually ask your kid to pick up the coin for you. Watch as they struggle to pick it up.

Much effort, no money

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31. Casual printouts

Take a print out of an image of the cartoon or actor your kid dislikes, but use a funny one. Paste the cut-out outside your kid’s window. Tell them casually at a chosen hour to go and open the window. Just when they take off the window curtain, a surprise is waiting.

32. Doughnut sprouts prank

Ask your kids to plant some doughnut seeds in the backyard one night. Replace those with real doughnut, which they get to find in the morning. This is a feel-good prank for your child.

33. No mouse

Take a tiny picture of Nicolas Cage, cut it out and stick it using a cello tape at the bottom of your kid’s mouse. The mouse will stop moving. When your kid reverses it to see what’s wrong, they will see Cage. Bring an instant smile on their face.

34. Honking seat

Take up some tape and an air horn. Put it down the seat of the chair your kid sits in. As soon as they sit, it will give out a funny sound along with loads of laughter.

35. Fresh smell

Buy a bait spray of shrimp scent and wrap it up with the regular air freshener wrap. Wait until the attractive smell gets your little one running.

36. Upturned glass prank

Fill a glass with water. Take a coaster and place it on the top of the glass. While holding the coaster, turn the glass over. The coaster should be sticking to the glass. Along with the coaster, keep the glass flat down. Pull the coaster very fast from below the glass and keep it like that. Your kid will lift the ‘empty’ upside-down glass only to see the water pour out. You can also add a note like, “Happy cleaning, love mommy”.

37. Halloween prank for kids

This Halloween you can give your kids a scare when they are reaching for the toilet paper. Take a black eyeliner and draw a spider. Roll it back to normal. Wait until your kids roll the paper out.

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Phone Pranks For Kids

Phone pranks have probably been in existence since the invention of the telephone itself. Let’s see some of them here.

Phone Pranks For Kids

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38. Random prank calls

Call your kid when they are alone at home, or from another room so that they don’t suspect. Call so that only your child is there to pick up. Change your voice a little.

If you don’t have pets like cats or dogs, try this:

You: “Hi, your cat is in my garden”
To this, your child will obviously say, “I don’t have a cat.”
You: “I don’t have a garden either.”
You can continue the conversation or cut the call and have a laugh.

39. What do you want?

This is a prank your kid can play on others. Have them call up a pizza shop. When the receiver picks up and says, “What do you want sir?” your kid will ask for the phone number of another pizza store.
Birthday Party Pranks For Kids

Birthdays are not just about sweet wishes and dishes. It’s time for some pranks too.

40. Surprise birthday cake

On your kid’s birthday, tell them you’ll bake a sponge cake. Take a sponge and cut it into triangle shapes. Stick these cake pieces on white cardboard cut out to fit them all in. Then put the icing on it the way you’ll do on a regular cake. Put sprinkles generously to give it a delicious look. Place this cake on the table for your kid to cut.

It is a harmless prank, but make sure you have another real cake for your kid to cut.

41. Honk and wish

Another great surprise birthday prank you can play on your kid is by writing at the back of your car with removable paint, “Honk and say happy birthday for Jimmy is 12!” Passers-by will keep honking and wishing your kid. He will be surprised and bewildered to the core.

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Bathroom Pranks For Kids

Is your child spending too much time in the bathroom? Try these pranks then.

42. Soap bar prank

Take a bar of soap and paint both sides with transparent nail polish. Keep it in the bathroom as usual. When your kid starts using the soap, it won’t lather. Let them wonder, “what just went wrong?”

Soap bar prank

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43. Toilet seat music

Take a small packet of pasta and secure it with tape beneath the toilet seat. When your kid sits down, the crunching sound will make them think they have cracked the seat.

44. Quite a roll!

Take a new cello tape roll, and roll it around using a few toilet paper sheets, so that it does not show. But before you roll the paper, add a fun message to make your little one finally get a good prank laugh.

45. Quick wash

Put some duct tape at the opening of the tap in the washbasin before your child goes there. Just as they open the tap, they’ll get sprayed with water.

46. Shower shampoo prank

You can try this when your little victim is in the shower. Just when they start shampooing their hair, tiptoe from behind with a bottle of shampoo in your hand. When your kid has lathered their hair with shampoo and the shower has almost washed the foam away, put more shampoo on their head from behind. Resist laughing as your child slowly gets annoyed as the shampoo refuses to rinse off.

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Sleeping Pranks

Sleep time is prank time too.

47. Sleep painting

When your kid is sleeping, take a temporary marker and draw a mustache on their face. Wait until they wake up in the morning to wash their face.

48. Where did I end up?

When your child is asleep, shift them to a different room or a completely absurd location. If the child has siblings, shift them on each other’s beds. It will be hilarious to wake up in some other place without remembering anything.

49. Say hello

This prank is perfect for those kids who take forever to wake up in the morning. Place a creepy head mask beside their pillow while they are sleeping.

50. Good morning!

Put some shaving cream or toothpaste in your kid’s hands while they are sleeping. Then tickle their nose. They will lather their face while trying to itch.

Good morning!

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Pranks are for bringing fun and entertainment to our regular, everyday lives. It’s cool when parents prank kids. But choose harmless ones that bring laughter on the face of your little victim too. Be responsible and considerate with pranks, as you know your child best. Do not be insensitive.

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What pranks do you play on kids? Share your fun stories with us in the comment box below.

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