Do you like a lighthearted and fun prank? Do you have students that enjoy a good laugh? Are you looking for a way to celebrate April Fool’s Day? We were always struggling with ways to prank our students in a fun and caring way, and we’ve come up with a few great ones over the past few years.
If you have the kind of relationship with your students that everyone can enjoy a lighthearted silly prank, then you’re doing something right. We are very clear with our students about what does or does not make for a good prank.
Ninja Note: If you are a student currently looking for an answer to a prank, sorry, but you’re out of luck. You can search our site high and low, but you will not find the answers to the word search, maze or math problems you’ve been given. It’s ok. You tried. If we had a prize to give you, we would.
Very Specific Personalities Love Pranks
So, if you’re here to tell us that pranking is mean, we hear you, but respectfully disagree. It all comes down to the relationship with your students. And none of our pranks are done to embarrass, demean or hurt anyone. We only prank the classes that we have a strong enough relationship with that they will not be hurt.
Here are our pranking rules:
- Nobody gets physically hurt. If someone gets injured, then it’s not a prank, it’s an assault. We’re very clear that any prank cannot hurt someone.
- Nobody’s property gets damaged. If something that belongs to someone is going to be ruined, then it’s not a prank-it’s vandalism.
- The target of the prank needs to be a willing participant. By this we mean, the target needs to be someone who is open to being pranked. If you know someone doesn’t have a sense of humour or won’t be able to handle being pranked, they aren’t the right person for the prank.
- It needs to be silly, not harmful. The prank shouldn’t target a person’s weakness or be too personal. When a prank targets someone with personal information that will embarrass them, it’s not a prank-it’s just mean.
- If you dish it, you need to be prepared to deal with it. This means a few things to us. First, if you are willing to prank someone, then you are giving permission for someone to prank you. Second, if the prank goes awry for some reason, then you need to be prepared to make amends and resolve any issues.
How have we pranked our students?
We wanted to share our pranks with you so your students can enjoy the fun without having to take much extra time to prepare a prank.
Wordless Word Search
We kept it simple the first year we created a prank. It was a word search puzzle where none of the words were actually hidden in the puzzle. Check it out here where you can download it for free. It includes two different versions along with an “answer key.”
We discovered shortly after posting it online that students were coming to our site to try to find the answer key. So, that’s why we haven’t posted it here anywhere.
Mathless Math Problems
We often hear about how our students are struggling with math story problems, so it wasn’t hard to come up with a set of questions that are truly confusing. We made up an entire set of questions that will prank your math students. The problems make absolutely no sense!
You can get your own copy of this prank for free. We can’t wait to see what happens with your students so be sure to let us know! If you’re already on our email list, you can find this resource and many more in our Resource Library.
We created a few mazes; one for younger students and one for your older students, but neither maze comes with an answer key…because there’s no way out! (Insert ninja laughter here). If your students say they’ve found a way out, don’t be fooled-it’s a trick! You can download that one for free here from our store.
We had a few students try to prank us with the exact same prank. They created mazes of their own, but let’s just say they didn’t quite look as professional.
After a few years, we had to change up our strategy a bit because our students were on to us. Some of our new students were warned by their older siblings and our pranks were becoming a little notorious.
This one is the instructions for making a ball of paper and it comes with a story to accompany it. The Legend of Itazura and Yuki No Tama (loosely translated it means the legend of the prank and the snowball) is written just for your students (from the clever minds of the ninjas). You can download that one for free here.
It comes with instructions to make an origami snowball along with a legend to read to your students.
This prank can cause a little frustration when it’s time to make the snowball because it’s a long list of convoluted instructions (that is the whole prank). So, if you have students that might not handle this level of frustration well, prepare them in advance. We’ve let a few students in on the prank to prevent a full-blown reaction.
Illogical Logic Puzzle
We love logic puzzles and so do our students. One day a student was struggling and complained that logic puzzles are illogical. Well, that sparked an idea. We made a puzzle that has no solution. It looks like all of our other logic puzzles so students won’t be on to you until they actually try to solve it.
Pranks are a Chance to Be Silly and Fun
Now, we tend to play pranks regularly in our classrooms. It’s usually open season about halfway through the year. Most of the time we know when we’re going to be pranked because let’s face it, kids cannot keep a secret. That being said, it’s been fun to connect with students by having fun.
One year we held an Easter egg hunt with those little plastic eggs. We filled them with rocks. Now, yes, that was mean, but we needed the rocks for an art lesson, so we used it as a lead-in to the lesson. One year we had the hunt and didn’t hide any eggs. (Sorry, but I have to go wipe the tears of laughter for a moment).
And on a whim one day we told our class we were going to play hide and seek in the gym. There is absolutely nowhere to hide in our gymnasium. It’s literally four walls, the floor and the walls. There isn’t even anything to sit on or next to. So, when we said we’d search first and then told them to go hide, we weren’t sure what we would get when we started counting down.
They were pretty clever laying as flat as possible in various places. That was such a great group of kids. They’re practically grown-ups now.
Sometimes the Prank is On You
Another year I made a mistake when teaching them about animals in the wetlands. I accidentally said a llama lived in the wetlands-total slip of the tongue and I fixed it right away, but that class showed up with llamas for the rest of the year. It was like our own little inside joke.
The funniest way they tricked me was the entire class answered every single question on a short quiz with the word llama-even the one who was absent that day. I was very impressed with their coordination efforts. The quiz was just a practice quiz anyway, so no real academic threat existed.
Lastly, a group of students had a particularly “rough” set of words that were used regularly. In an attempt to get the kids to stop using inappropriate language, we came up with a code word. So, instead of swearing, the kids could use this code word to express the language they weren’t allowed to use.
This codeword ended up being woven throughout our school year. The students were the only ones who knew what the code word stood for, so they had a lot of fun with it, attempting to sprinkle it into announcements at school, the school newsletter and even during a performance at an assembly.
And no harm done. 😉
Some pranks for the staff
You can’t just prank your students, but if you’re looking for a few pranks for your fellow teachers, we’ve got you covered.
Glue googly eyes on items in the fridge so when someone opens it, everything looks right at them. You can also place googly eyes on food, computer screens, school supplies or anything else you can imagine. Use white glue so it comes off easily and doesn’t do any damage.
Gift wrap a coworker’s desk and all the items on it. Tinfoil works well too.
Fill someone’s office with balloons. Don’t fill them with glitter. 😉
Create a yarn spider web where you tie everything together making a web that’s tricky to get through.
Place a plastic spider inside a lampshade so when it is turned on the silhouette scares the stuffing out of someone.
Place a sticky note over the sensor on someone’s computer mouse.
Use double-sided tape to secure items on a person’s desk. Be sure to be careful about the surfaces and the items so nothing gets ruined.
Find a picture that your coworker will like. Make as many copies as you possibly can and then plaster their workspace.
If your school has an FM system, talk to a coworker over their speaker by hiding with their microphone.
Place interesting items into your school’s trophy case. Be appropriate, but have fun with it.
Most of all, have fun!
Now, of course, if you are going to prank your students, make sure you know them well. Prepare any students who might not react well in advance so there are no hurt feelings. It is all supposed to be good fun.
And, most of all, you don’t have to save your pranks for an official holiday. Pranks can be fun any time of year.
If you’re looking for a few funny videos to show your students, Westjet Airlines from Canada has done some great pranks over the years. Just search for them online because they can be lots of fun.
Thanks for all your support and we hope you have fun pranking your students. We’d love to see their reactions. Tag us on your social media, send us an email or leave us a comment below. We love hearing how your students do with the different pranks.
We’d love to hear some of your best pranks, too. Do you like to be pranked or do you prefer to do the pranking?