45 Delightful April Fools Writing Prompts for Students

Share laughter and light-hearted fun with these April Fools writing prompts for students.

This assortment of delightful April Fools writing prompts get students’ creative juices flowing, resulting in students producing content with little hesitation.  

What’s more, these April Fools Day writing prompts sharpen writing skills, encourage students to express their thoughts, and provide students the opportunity to apply the six traits of writing

So include these April Fools writing prompts into your writer’s workshop lesson plans this week. 

April Fools Writing Prompts

Even reluctant writers move their pencils to these cool April Fools writing prompts.

1. Tell about a time that you played a joke on someone, and things turned out for the worse. 

2. Describe the similarities and differences between April Fools Day and Easter.

3. In your opinion, is it naughty, nice, for just plain fun to play April Fools jokes on others?

4. Write a funny letter to your grown-up self.

5. Not all jokes are nice. Write about the difference between light-hearted jokes and mean-spirited April Fools pranks.

6. Let me tell you the key ingredients to pulling off a great April Fools joke…

7. In your opinion, why do you think some people play April Fools jokes that are mean? Describe how you think the victim feels when this happens.

8. Give examples to show that someone is mischievous. 

9. Pretend that your teacher wants to play a crazy joke on the teacher next door. Brainstorm a prank will be funny and not mean. 

10. Share about a time when you fell for an April Fools Day joke and felt silly afterwards.

11. Describe a prank that you played on a sibling or friend. 

12. Name some foolish things you have done in your life. Out of all of them, which do you wish you could change and why?

13. Write an article for the school newspaper informing students about the origins of April Fool’s Day.

14. Write a hilarious story using these words: amusing, prankster, childish, silly

15. List ten facts and ten opinions about April Fool’s Day. Use a research site to help you find information.

16. Why do you think people play April Fools jokes on others?

17. The newspaper headline reads, “April Fool’s Day Joke Gone Wrong at the Local Diner!” Write the article.

18. Write about a time when you had to apologize for playing a prank on someone.

19. What type of April Fool’s Day jokes do you think teachers play on each other? 

20. Do you think pastors of churches should embrace the festivities of April Fools Day? Why or why not?

21. Explain April Fool’s to someone who isn’t familiar with the holiday.

22. The answer is “April Fool’s Day”. Write five different questions.

23. Imagine that you have a jester friend that will spend the day with you at school. Write a story about this adventurous day. Describe what it means when someone has a sense of humor. 

24. Write 10 words related to April Fools Day. Then compose a poem that includes all the terms.

25. Tell about a time when you witnessed someone become angry after someone played a naughty joke on them.

26. Describe how you feel when your April Fool’s prank is exposed before you have performed the joke.

27. If you were a jester, who would you play jokes on, and what pranks would you pull on them?

28. Wild Card Prompt: Create any funny story you’d like about April Fool’s Day. 

29. Your doorbell rings. Upon answering, you see a jester standing there juggling.  Complete the rest of the story.

30. Why do you think some people are more easily fooled than others? 

31. Brainstorm a social media hashtag for April Fool’s Day. What ideas, events, adventures, and activities will your hashtag be known for?

32. Here’s a story about a time I was the victim of an April’s Fool’s Day joke…

33. Describe a scary April Fool’s Day joke.

34. Write a descriptive paragraph about a jester.

35. Do you think it would be more fun to play a joke on a small child or an elderly person? Explain your choice.

36. In two to three paragraphs, write about the 3 best things about April Fool’s Day.

37. Write about the most memorable April Fool’s Day.

38. Tell about a time when you felt so embarrassed that you just wanted to run and hide.

39. Who in your family is hardest to play a joke on? Why?

40. S.I.L.L.Y – Create an acrostic poem using the word silly.

41. Describe ways to make someone laugh uncontrollably. 

42. How does responding to these April Fools writing prompts improve your writing skills?

43. Write about a time that you laughed so hard. What was the cause of your laughter?

44. Compose a funny story about a circus clown who performs an April Fools joke on an unsuspecting audience member.

45. Share a story about an April Fools Day joke that crossed the line into being rude or mean.

Final Thoughts: April Fools Writing Prompts

Now you have a ready-supply of April Fools writing prompts to celebrate this humorous day.

For support, teach students how to respond well to these prompts.

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