April 2011 Parent Zone

Jokes & Hoaxes

It’s spring! That means the perfect time to gear up for April Fools’ Day, the one day of the year you can be silly—just because. You can play tricks on your kids or encourage them to play (nice!) pranks on each other. Maybe you could have a family joke night, and have each family member learn to tell their own joke or riddle.

Here are some other ways to celebrate the funniest month:

  • Go trick-or-treating around your neighborhood; rather than asking for candy, tell jokes or give out homemade cookies at the doorstep.
  • Have a white elephant gift exchange—let each family member pick inexpensive and humorous gifts at the dollar store and exchange with each other.
  • Have breakfast for dinner, or even dinner for breakfast.
  • Take turns reading, acting out, or making up funny stories together.
  • Play a favorite family game in a new way—start at the end, play with made-up rules, or combine two games to make a new one.
  • Talk about one of the most famous hoaxes ever: Orson Welles’ adapted radio broadcast of H. G. Wells’ book, “The War of the Worlds.” Afterward, make your own martian or alien trap.
  • Make a fake family newsletter to send or email to extended family members; be sure to include lots of made-up information and funny jokes!

Whatever you do, make sure that no one feels like they’re being teased or made fun of, and that it’s all in good fun.


Other Links to Explore

April Fools’ Day Pranks

April Fools’ Day Crafts

April Fools’ Day Crafts for Kids

History of April Fools’ Day and Joke Inventions

The Hoax Files—The Truth Isn’t Out There



Great Books!

Fooled You by Elaine Pascoe

Fooled You:  Fakes and Hoaxes Through the Years by Elaine Pascoe

Arthur's April Fool by Marc Brown

Arthur’s April Fool by Marc Brown


April Fool by Karen Gray Ruelle

April Fool! by Karen Gray Ruelle


April Foolishness by Teresa Bateman

April Foolishness by Teresa Bateman


April Fools Day Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew by Carolyn Keene

Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew:  April Fools Day by Carolyn Keene


April Fool Watch Out At School by Diane deGrout

April Fool! Watch Out At School! by Diane deGroat


April Fools day by Melissa Schiller

April Fools Day by Melissa Schiller



“April Fools Day Songs That Tickle Your Funny Bone” CD by Roberts & Katz



April Fools Day Crafts


But no matter how you celebrate April Fools’ Day, have a great time doing so!

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