April Foolin'

Care for a brown-e?
     I am a huge believer in the old adage that you catch more flies with honey than vinegar, at least most of the time. So I do my best to maintain a very positive approach to classroom management. This worked to my advantage when setting up my little innocents for a great April Fool's prank. They fell so hard for it that it almost took the fun out of it - almost.

The Set-up
Me: You guys have been so awesome lately. You know how I always tell you how lucky I am to be your teacher?
Kids: Uh huh said with the "we've heard this a thousand times" tone
Me: Well, I have decided to bring you all a special treat tomorrow. I'm going to make you all my special homemade brownies.
Kids: WAHOO! YEHAW! loud cheers erupted along with one particularly happy little guy who actually fell out of his seat with wild abandon
Me: Wow, you guys don't usually get this excited over a treat! Well, these are very special. I only make them once a year. I'm so excited to share them with you! When you walk in tomorrow morning, there will be a brownie on your desk.
Kids: More cheers and random clapping, pats on the back, WAY too much enthusiasm for a brownie
Me: Feeling a bit bad about what they'd really find on their desk You guys are awesome & more teacher-y stuff about settling down, packing up...

The Prank
I did go home and make homemade "brownies", but not the kind they were expecting. I cut out some brown letter E's from my Cricut machine in the craft room in about 5 minutes as opposed to baking up a batch of brownies in the kitchen. As they walked in, they looked a little bewildered as they picked up the E on their desk. They were unusually quiet. One little guy finally looked at me and said, rather sadly, "Are these our brown-e's?" Clever kid!
Me: Yes, do you like them? I made them myself, just for you!
Kids: random rumblings & not so happy faces
Me: Oh, did you think I meant brownies...like the dessert??
Kids: Yes, yes we did.
Me: Well, it's a good thing I brought these too! pulling a box of brownie bites out of a bag April Fools!

In the end, they were just happy to get the brownie. And I was happy to make them happy.
At least I didn't send them on the hunt for the elusive LirpA Loof bird who only shows up on one special day in Spring. Maybe next year...


  1. That is too funny! I'll have to remember that for next year! I love your blog! I put a link on my blog for you!

  2. I love that idea! My second graders love to April fool me, so I think I'll get them back next year!

  3. I love, love, love this...I love this so much I walked around telling everyone in my family the story! (There is 6 of us, it took awhile!) I printed it to put into my April file at school for next year! It also took me a few minutes to get the LirpA Loof bird...you are amazing! I look forward to more of your blogs!
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!

  4. Thanks everyone!
    I read about a similar idea a while ago and had it filed in my brain. Luckily I remembered it in time this year! Have fun with it next year :)


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