31 April Fools Day Jokes For Teachers To Play At School

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If youre a teacher, you know that April 1is definitely notjust another day. If youre not taking full advantage of April Fools Day, youre totally missing out! There are so many fun, hilarious, and mind-blowing tricks, pranks, and gags that you can pull on your students. The best thing? Theyll love you for it! Kids love to joke around and have fun, so why not give them a chance to blow off some steam and see how awesome you are?

When you really stop and think about it, you probably have no idea how April Fools Day got its start. Thats understandable, since no one really knows much about the history of April Fools Day. Maybe the jokes on us! There are a number of semi-plausible theories, but the most likely has to do with the switch from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar back in 1582.

According to, People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes. As a result, they were often called April fools. So there you go.

Now that you know the rich history behind this silly day, its time to get planning some amazing April Fools Day jokes for school!

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April Fools Pranks With Food

For those of us with a sweet tooth, these are among the most evil (yet ultimately harmless!) pranks out there, since many involve healthy food masked as sugary sweets. Of course, once the prank is over, you could always provide a fun treat to reduce the disappointment. Read on to find out how to pull the ultimate April Fools prank with food on your students. Note that if your school has strict food guidelines, or if any of your students have food allergies, youll want to check with the principal or skip this section altogether.

1. Baby Carrots Wrapped In Tootsie Roll Wrappers


Pass one out to each student for good performance or good behavior and watch their shocked expressions as they open them.

2. Broccoli Wrapped Like Lollipops


This one is similar to the Tootsie Roll trick. Your students wont believe their luck when they receive a lollipop but oh, the disappointment when theyre opened to reveal broccoli.

3. Doughnut Seeds


Casually pass out packets of doughnut seeds, which are actually cereal bits shaped like O’s. Tell your students to plant them in their garden in order to grow a crop of their very own doughnuts. This ones best for the younger crowd!

4. Vegetables In A Dunkin’ Donuts Box


Your students mouths will water as you present a huge Dunkin Donuts box. Then, open it to reveal an array of veggies and watch as they lose their minds.

5. Grapes Wrapped As Chocolate Eggs


It’ll certainly take quite a bit of prep work to wrap each grape in that colorful foil, but itll be worth it as your eager students unwrap them, only to find theyve been duped!

High-Tech April Fools’ Day Pranks

Only in todays digital age can you pull off some of these crazy, awe-inspiring pranks! Although they take some prep work, these unforgettable April Fools Day prank ideas are simply hilarious and can be enjoyed by students of all ages, from elementary school to high school.

1. “Spilled” Milk On Laptop


Students lovecomputer time during school, so give them a real scare with fake spilled milk on the keyboard. This can be done using a few simple ingredients and following theinstructions here.

2. “Destroy” A Student’s Phone For Texting In Class


This is a perfect prank for the ever-texting high school crowd, brought to you by Youll need an accomplice for this one. Find an old cell phone and enlist the help of a student who will use it to pretend to text constantly during class. In a pretend fit of rage, grab the phone from the student and smash it on the ground. Trust us, youll have everyones attention!

3. Create A Classroom Ghost Using Wireless Technology


Another amazingprank by the geniuses over at is the classroom ghost. Check out the instructions, but essentially, youll use wireless technology and Skype to have a teacher in a different room take over your SMART board, convincing your students that theres a ghost. Solid burn.

4. Silly Files On Your Computer


Heres a super-fun prank from that will have your students scratching their heads: Accidentally show a list of silly files on your computer when youre getting your projector hooked up. For example, name files ‘Teachers who might be vampires or Celebrity Visits at Our School.

Act completely casual and watch the hilarity ensue.

April Fools’ Day Pranks With Classroom Items

Here are some super-simple April Fools Day jokes you can play using just the items in your classroom. Theres almost no prep work involved, but your students will love these just the same.

1. Rearrange Desks To Face Backward


Before your students come in, turn all the desks so that theyre facing the back of the classroom. Then begin teaching as if its no big deal.

2. Chair Switch-Out


Heres a cute idea from Before your students come in, switch all of the chairs with those in a kindergarten classroom so theyre all much smaller than the students are used to. Sit back and watch their hilarious reactions!

3. Reassign Seats


This is a great prank for elementary classrooms, again from Have all the students sit at different desks in the morning, which isnt entirely unusual, since most teachers do change seating arrangements on occasion. Let the fun begin when your students are againsearching for their desks after recess, lunch, or both!

4. Tie Chairs To Desks


Have your students howling with laughter when you use zip ties to tie their chair legs to their desks. Just be sure to help them when it comes time to cut their chairs free!

5. No Chairs


A variation of the above prank is to entirely remove all the chairs and act like nothing happened. Some will laugh, some will cry, and some will just sit on their desks.

Silly April Fools Day Pranks

Get your students laughing with these silly April Fools’ Day pranks that are super easy to do and are guaranteed to have them laughing. Choose one (or several!) of these jokes if youre looking to pull off a prank thats cheap or even free.

1. Shocking Pen


Purchase a shocking pen from a gag-gift store and set it next to a piece of paper at the front of the classroom. Tell students to come up and sign their name on the paper for any reason of your choice. Watch as they try to figure out why the pen is shocking them.

2. Crazy Cafeteria Menu


Create a silly, gross, or crazy cafeteria menu for the month of April and post it or pass it out to students. This one is guaranteed to get some hilarious reactions!

3. Party Popper Attached To Classroom Door


Heres a great one from BuzzFeed: If your school will allow it, use tape to attach a party popper to your classroom door, then tape the string to the other side of the door frame. Itll pop when a student enters the classroom, giving them quite a surprise! Even funnier? Get your students in on this one, and catch someone else entering your room by surprise. Your students will howl with laughter.

4. Free Ticket


From, create a bunch of tickets that say Free Ticket: Its not good for anything, its just free and print them out. Hand them to students, who will wonder what theyre good for. Or, have a classroom contest with these tickets as the prizes. Why do this? Why not! Its April Fools Day!

April Fools Day Pranks For High Schoolers

Even high schoolers can appreciate a well-played prank. They may not react as adorably as the younger set, but trust us, theyll be psyched that you made the effort to do something fun and unusual for them.

1. Pop Quiz


Tell your students theres a pop quiz. Hand out a sheet of paper that has lots of random questions; at least 50. Tell them explicitly to read the entire quiz before beginning. Have the last question say, Dont answer the questions. Write your name and turn this in. See which students are good at following directions.

2. Bug In The Light


Using the tutorial here, cut out a huge bug and put it in the fluorescent light in your classroom. Your students are sure to be creeped out by this awesome April Fools Day joke.

3. Assignment Due


Halfway through class, suddenly remember that the class has an important assignment due. Make this prank less obvious by tapping half the class to come up and turn the assignment in, but be sure to have a random mix of performers so you dont single out students who dont perform as well in school. Follow these instructions for how to pull off this funny prank from

4. Real Pop Quiz


Plan a real pop quiz into your lesson plans for this day, then when you announce it, your students will predictably say, Haha, yeah, right, April Fools. Then proceed to really give them a quiz.

5. Send Students To The Office


Be sure to check with the office and principal ahead of time for this one! Send students to the office who normally wouldnt be sent, for silly things like looking at you funny or breathing too loudly. Theyll get a laugh even if they do figure it out before they leave the classroom.

6. Call Out Students


Write down the names of several students on the board with random information next to each name, like dates, letters, or short, nonsensical phrases. If asked about the significance of the names, say, “We’ll discuss it later” in an ominous tone.

April Fools Day Pranks For Preschoolers

We cant forget our littlest friends on this super-fun day! Even the preschool set can enjoy a joke every now and then, and today is no exception. Heres a list of very simple, easy-to-understand April Fools Day pranks for kids in preschool.

1. Speak Silently


When the children gather on the carpet first thing in the morning, move your mouth like youre speaking but dont actually say anything. Kids love this classic trick!

2. Googly Eyes


Bring your classroom to life and watch your littles giggle by affixing googly eyes to everything you can think of. Doorknobs, fruit, and trash cans make particularly funny choices.

3. Peas And Carrots


Delight your classroom of tots with fake peas and carrots made out of cut-up orange Starburst and green Skittles.

4. Jell-O With A Straw


Serve Jell-O in clear plastic cups with straws inserted so they look like juice. Watch the hilarity ensue as the kids try to drink it. Be sure to provide spoons after the jokes over unless you want some major tantrums on your hands!

5. Over-Easy “Egg”


At snack time, serve students a fake over-easy egg using a peach cut in half and plopped into the middle of a plateful of vanilla yogurt. Both funny and healthy, this April Fools Day joke is a winner!

6. Worm In The Apple


Stick gummy worms in apples for a fun and semi-healthy snack for your preschoolers.

7. Brown “E”


The brown E is a preschool classic, and for good reason! Tell your students that youll be giving them a brownie, and then hand them each a brown E made with construction paper. Watch as they try to figure it out!

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