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School Age Program: Pranks and Gags


Jessica is back with a re-cap of the Pranks and Gags program she and a co-worker held last month. I, personally, had a great time! 🙂

On March 27th, we hosted a Pranks & Gags event during our school-age weekly program. We thought it would be fun to give the kids some ideas of harmless pranks for April Fools’ Day. The program was a lot of fun and we put the leftovers out on April 1st in the Children’s Department.

Free Brownies: Upon entering the room, there was a brownie pan covered with aluminum foil with a sign that said, “Free Brownies!” Inside were a bunch of die-cut brown construction paper letter E’s.


Sponge Cake: We hot-glued sponge squares together to resemble a layer cake and had the kids decorate them with frosting and sprinkles.

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Un-openable Greeting Card: We put out construction paper and markers for the kids to make a greeting card, but we had them glue the inside together so they wouldn’t open.


TP Message: We wrote funny messages on two-ply toilet paper with sharpies. The ink doesn’t run when placed in a toilet bowl.


Water Ring: We made water rings from using sponges, buttons, and pipe cleaners.


Trick Questions: I compiled a list of trick questions titled “Super Hard Questions” for the kids to work on.


We also printed out fake mazes, crosswords, and a memory game with no matches for the kids to work on from  By far the most popular item was a self-inflating whoopee cushion we borrowed from a co-worker. I guess fart jokes never get old.


Nope, they never do! Thanks, Jessica for sharing this program.


Author: Kendra

Children's Librarian in the Northwest. Lover of toddlers, twitter, and TV (T's, too, apparently!).

2 thoughts on “School Age Program: Pranks and Gags

  1. What a great idea! I just love your blog! I plan to totally borrow this idea next April!!!!

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