CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 26, 2013

April Fool’s Day—Children’s Stories & Poems


COMPOSITIONS
APRIL FOOL’S DAY:
CHILDREN’S STORIES & POEMS
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Also see 11 Facts About April Fool’s Day and WP Daily Prompt: Success! My April Fool’s Prank.

APRIL FOOL’S DAY

For children (of all ages) I surfed the Internet and found the following sites with stories, poems, and finger plays that provide April Fool’s Day entertainment.

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april-fools-sm1JOKES

  • What monster plays the most April Fool’s jokes?
    Prankenstein!
  • What do you get if you cross a dog with a prankster’s holiday?
    April Drool’s Day!
  • What would you get if you crossed Halloween with April 1?
    April Ghoul’s Day!
  • What’s the best day for monkey business?
    The first of Ape-ril!
  • Do you know all about April 1st?
    Yes, I’m fooly aware of it!
  • Why is everyone so tired on April 1?
    Because they’ve just finished a long, 31 day March!
  • What’s the difference between Thanksgiving and April Fool’s Day?
    On one you’re thankful and on the other you’re prankful!

More http://www.kidactivities.net/post/April-Fools-Day-Jokes.aspx

KNOCK-KNOCK JOKES

Knock, knock!
Who’s there? Noah.
Noah who?
Noah body . . . April Fool’s!
Knock, knock!
Who’s there?
Noah. Noah who?
Noah fooling this time . . . it’s really me!

More http://www.kidactivities.net/post/April-Fools-Day-Jokes.aspx

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APRIL FOOL’S DAY PRANKS ON KIDS

April Fools’ Day: dirty coin prank

Number of players:
1
What you need:
• 20 cent piece
• lead pencil
• a willing victim
• Secretly rub the edge of the coin all around with the lead pencil.
• Now tell someone you will give them the 20 cents if they can roll the coin down the length of their face and across the width of their face without lifting it. They have to keep the coin in contact with their skin the whole time.
• When they’re done, give them the 20 cents and tell them to go and look in the mirror. They will have grey lines on their face from the dirty edge of the coin.
More http://www.kidspot.com.au/kids-activities-and-games/April-Fools-Day+55/April-Fools-Day-dirty-coin-prank+12827.htm

Magic Milk Bowl

What you’ll need
• Liquid food coloring
• Dry cereal
• Milk
How to make it
1. To set up the trick, squeeze several drops of liquid food coloring over the bottom of a bowl, then pour in dry cereal to conceal the droplets. When a family member sits down to his cereal and adds some milk, he’ll think he’s entered a Technicolor twilight zone.
More http://spoonful.com/recipes/magic-milk-bowl

foolish-day-coloring-pageTONGUE TWISTERS

Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.
Spread it thick, say it quick!
Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.
Spread it thicker, say it quicker!
Yellow butter, purple jelly, red jam, black bread.
Don’t eat with your mouth full!

A twister of twists once twisted a twist; A twist that he twisted was a three-twisted twist; If in twisting a twist one twist should untwist; The untwisted twist would untwist the twist.
More at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/funny-tongue-twisters.html

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APRIL FOOLS’ DAY

Sing the following song with your children. Let them make up additional verses about the strange things that can happen on April Fools’ Day.
Gayle Bittinger
Tune: “The Farmer In the Dell”

Raindrops in my bed.
Mittens on my head.
These are strange things I must say –
It’s April Fools’ today!
A sock upon one hand.
A tiger in a band.
These are strange things I must say –
It’s April Fools’ today!

APRIL FOOLS’ DAY ANIMAL SONG

Tune: “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”
Old MacDonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-O.
And on his farm he had a cow. E-I-E-I-O.
With an oink, oink her, and an oink, oink there,
Here an oink, there an oink,
Everywhere an oink, oink.
Old MacDonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-O.
Adapted Traditional
Continue singing about other April Fools’ Day animals, such as a sheep that moos, a pig that neighs, a horse that quacks, and a duck that baas.

UNTITLED

Sing the following song with your children. Let them make up additional verses about the strange things that can happen on April Fools’ Day. Tune: “The Farmer In the Dell”

Raindrops in my bed.

Mittens on my head.

These are strange things I must say – It’s April Fools’ today!

A sock upon one hand. A tiger in a band.

These are strange things I must say –

It’s April Fools’ today!

APRIL FOOL

Tune: “Jingle Bells”

April fool, April fool,

April fool today.

You fool me and I fool you,

Then we laugh and say –

April fool, April fool!

It’s so fun to play.

You fool me and I fool you.

That’s how we play today.

More http://www.preschoolexpress.com/holiday_station03/holiday_station_april03.shtml

it-is-april-fools-day-coloring-pageSTORIES

April Fool’s Day Around the World

• In France, April 1st is called “Poisson d’Avril.” French children fool their friends by taping a paper fish to their friends’ backs. When the “young fool” discovers this trick, the prankster yells “Poisson d’Avril!” (April Fish!).
• In England, April Fool’s tricks are played in the morning and if a trick is played on you, you are called a “noddie.”
• In Scotland, you are called a “gowk” (cuckoo bird which symbolizes or represents a simpleton) with a favorite prank being a “Kick Me” sign.
• In Portugal, you celebrate twice (the Sunday and Monday before Lent) by throwing flour at your friends.
More http://www.examiner.com/article/april-fool-s-day-history-customs-pranks-and-printables-for-kids

Have the children write their own April Fool’s Day story with the following story starter FROM

https://www.leapfrog.com/en/leapfrog_parents/features/april/April-Fools-Story-Starter.html

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POEMS

April Fool’s Day

From the book Revenge of the Lunch Ladies

Mackenzie put a whoopie cushion on the teacher’s chair.

Makayla told the teacher that a bug was in her hair.

Alyssa brought an apple with a purple gummy worm

and gave it to the teacher just to see if she would squirm.

Elijah left a piece of plastic dog doo on the floor, and

Vincent put some plastic vomit in the teacher’s drawer.

Amanda put a goldfish in the teacher’s drinking glass.

Kenn Nesbitt More http://www.poetry4kids.com/poem-353.html

ITCHY RICH

Itchy Rich
The trouble with Rich is,
When Itchy Rich itches,
Each itch Itchy Rich can’t ignore.
With each itch of Rich’s
He tweaks and he twitches,
And of which the glitch is
It makes each itch itch Rich much more.
More: http://izatrapani.com/wp/?p=196

Myra Cohn Livingston

The maple syrup’s full of ants.
A mouse is creeping on the shelf.
Is that a spider on your back?
I ate the whole pie by myself.
The kitchen sink just overflowed.
A flash flood washed away the school.
I threw your blanket in the trash.
I never lie—-I—
April Fool!
More http://quotations.about.com/od/holidaysandspecialdays1/a/April-Fools-Day-Quotes.htm

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ADDITIONAL READING:

CHILDREN story category on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

The Origin of April Fool’s Day

April Days to Celebrate

A celebration of poetry in April

IMAGE SOURCES

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http://www.wpclipart.com/holiday/halloween/costumes/fool_costume.png.html

http://www.hellokids.com/r_1909/coloring-pages/holidays-coloring-pages/april-fool-s-day-coloring-pages

http://kidsworld.kaltsum.com/April-Fools-Day-Coloring-Pages-15116314/

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