April Fools' Day Activities

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Celebrate April Fools’ Day on April 1st with these activity ideas. Teach students about the history of April Fools’ Day and its cultural roots, have them write a hoax news story, or play some fun (but harmless) April Fools’ Day pranks.

This printable activity sheet is taken from Multicultural Holidays, a book of holiday activities and teaching ideas. It includes a reading passage that can be used for reading comprehension, as well as ideas for fun activities you can do with your students this April Fools’ Day.

April Fools’ Day Activity Ideas:
  • Think of new, silly, and harmless practical jokes to play on friends or family members.
  • Give a silly prize for the most successful (harmless) prank of the day.
  • Make silly presents for friends and family members.
  • Write, publish, and distribute a silly class newspaper to celebrate April Fool’s Day. See if you can fool the members of another class.
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Multicultural Holidays
Multicultural Holidays
Teacher Created Resources
This comprehensive book provides background information and related activities for more than 75 holidays throughout the year. It also includes student contracts and culminating activities.
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