6 No-Prep April Fools Day Pranks For Teachers

I’m bummed that April Fools Day 2017 falls on a Saturday. But if you’re one of those teachers who still has to pull a prank on your students, here are some ideas I’ve found. Also check out my ideas from previous years!

No Prep

Make a word search that has none of the words in it. Or, for the no-prep version, use mine! Click here to download: April Fools Word Search.

Ask for an important assignment, form or permission slip from last week that you never assigned. (source)

Talk but don’t say anything! Move your lips like you are talking. See how long you can keep going (don’t laugh!). You can do that on April Fools Day, or the day before. Then on April Fools Day, hand out a pop quiz or a crazy hard assignment on what you “said.”  (source)

“[I] put a sign in my door that said please use other door. THERE ISN’T ANOTHER DOOR! Lol they loved it!” -Reader, Tami H.


Some Prep

“I often play Bingo with my Spanish I students as a vocabulary review. Instead of each student having a different card, I made enough copies of one card and then gave them all the same card. It took them a while to catch on, but when they did, it was quite amusing!” – Anonymous Reader

“I usually point out a running course for them that will take FOREVER to complete and then say they have to finish in 3 minutes. As soon as they take off running I yell, “April Fools!” – Reader, TeacherTim (source)


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April Fool’s Day is Almost Here!

April Fool's STICKERDon’t forget that April Fool’s Day 2015 is next Wednesday! Have you already figured out activities or your teacher prank to knock the socks off your students? Check out these ideas:

Shrinking Attendance Clips

Brownies … or is it Brown E’s?

No Prep April Fool’s Day Pranks for Teachers

More April Fool’s Day Pranks for Teachers

The History of April Fool’s Day (printable)


April Fools Day Prank for Teachers: Shrinking Attendance Clips

My *awesomely clever* friend pulled this prank on her class yesterday: Her class has  attendance clothes pins (that each student moves first thing in the morning to show they’re present). Well yesterday, they shrunk! She went to Walmart and bought the tiny clothes pins and then wrote each student’s name on one. Then she clipped them where the regular sized ones always are. The kids “kind of freaked out!” Love it!!!

Rachel April Fools Prank

(No Prep) April Fool’s Day Pranks for Teachers

April FoolsI’m lame. I’ll just admit it. I usually forget to plan something cool for April Fool’s. I’m the one looking for a last-minute joke to play so I don’t expose myself as a lame-wad. So here are some of my favorite last minute April Fool’s Day pranks for teachers to play on their students:

Last Minute Pranks (No prep required)

  • Assign the kids new seats and then re-assign seats again many times throughout the day.
  • Announce that the awesome field trip that was planned for today is cancelled because nobody brought in their permission slips on time.
  • Tell your kids that because it’s a leap year, they have to stay in class an hour longer every day this month.
  • Tell your students that lunch is cancelled because the cafeteria ran out of food but everyone else at the school got to eat.
  • Ask everyone to turn in their homework that was due TODAY and is worth 90% of their grade for this quarter.
  • A funny prank for little kids is to begin your lesson of the day with your mouth moving but no sound coming out. This REALLY freaks kids out.

Some prep required

  • “Accidentally” show a list of silly files on your computer when you’re getting your projector hooked up. For example, name files “Teachers who might be vampires” or “Celebrity Visits at Our School”
  • Send several kids to the principal’s office for no reason. (Be sure the office and your principal are ok with this.)

More prep required

  • Rearrange all the desks or tables in the room. Maybe change them to all face a different side of the room, making a new front of the room.
  • Switch out all the students’ chairs for smaller ones. When your kids comment, deny that there’s a difference.

Click here for more April Fool’s Day ideas.

Valentine’s Day Jokes (Parts of Speech Worksheet)

Valentine's Day Jokes- POS STICKER

This was kind of a random idea I thought I’d throw out there and see what happened. I made a parts of speech worksheet where kids need to identify nouns and adjectives in jokes. This proved to be more interesting than anticipates, as jokes don’t always follow standard conventions. But it sure provided a great opportunity to discuss how the same word can be different parts of speech depending on how it’s used. I recommend this for mid-level grades ans upper elementary.

Check out the printable PDF: Valentines Jokes- POS
Valentines Jokes- POS answer key

Click here for more Valentine’s Day freebies and click here for more parts of speech freebies!

Halloween Jokes & Riddles for Kids

Halloween jokes and riddles sticker

Kids love holiday jokes(no matter what holiday), and there are TONS out there for Halloween. Here’s one great collection of Halloween joked and riddles for kids: Squigley’s Halloween Jokes and Riddles (joke above from this page). But in case you didn’t get enough Halloween laughs, yet, here are some more lists to tickle your funny bone:

Corny Halloween Riddles for Kids

Scary Jokes & Riddles

Top 25 Halloween Jokes & Riddles for Kids

If you know of any awesome Halloween kids jokes, comment below! The more laughter, the better! Click here for more Halloween fun…