After a full year of remote school, I think we can all agree it is in
no way a decent substitute for the real deal. Not even close. And while many schools have now fully opened, there are still lots of kids plodding along through classes via their computer screens. It is . . . less than ideal. Which is why you should totally encourage your kid to liven up her four millionth Zoom with one of these 11 zany online April Fools’ Day pranks.
Last year, April Fools’ went largely unrecognized. Mainly because at that time, reality itself felt like an unbelievable joke. It’s rather heartening and encouraging that a year later, I think we all feel a bit more up to acknowledging the silliness of the day and having some laughs. From changing your background to the surface of Mars, to donning a mustache and wig, there are lots of goofball ways kids can prank their peers this April 1.
Though I think we can all agree the greatest Zoom laugh we’ve had this year wasn’t intended as a prank at all.
Cat lawyer, we salute you. Now, and forever. Case closed. Meow. 1 Pull A Background Switch
This one can be super funny, but you need to prepare a bit. In the days leading up to April Fools' Day, see if the teacher walks off the screen for a moment, giving you or your kiddo an opportunity to screenshot their background, which is probably their living room or office. Then, using the Zoom background feature, set their house as your
own background (you can even have everyone in the class do this for extra emphasis). Then see how long it takes the teacher to realize that it looks like everyone is setting in their house. It's sure to be a funny, confusing surprise. 2 Try Snap Camera
You probably know of SnapChat already, but they also make a desktop app known as
Snap Camera (which Elite Daily explains how to use). You can add a fun filter to your Zoom to give everyone in the class a little April Fools' surprise. There are hilarious wigs, glasses, and other accessories to choose from, or your kiddo can show up to class as their favorite animal or another selection from Snap Camera's WFH collection (which stands for "win from home," per Bustle), which includes toilet paper binoculars or a cat sitting on their head. 3 Have A Pet Fill In Inti St Clair/Tetra images/Getty Images
Everyone loves seeing pets on video chat, so you might as well make them a part of remote learning. You can set it up so that when your kiddo turns their video on, the dog is sitting in their chair (potentially even wearing glasses, if your pup is into that). Bonus points if you get a couple classmates who also have pets to do it, too, or you can have every kid put their favorite stuffed animal in their chair and call it a zoo(m) meeting.
4 Play With Zoom's Audio Settings
In the advanced settings, Zoom has a
feature under "Audio Type" that you can set to "Computer Audio." This allows you to play sounds from your computer — I'm imagining something funny and random like a dolphin noise pulled from YouTube or an audio clip of Let It Go, which is sure to be a crowd-pleaser — and no one will be able to tell exactly where it's coming from. Please, for the sake of teachers everywhere, keep this trick to a couple times and only on April Fools' Day. 5 Set A Video As Your Background
The tech-savvy among us may already know that you can actually set a video as your Zoom background, and that video can be of
yourself. Your kiddo can take a video of themselves sitting at their desk in one outfit, so when they walk off the screen, it looks like they're still sitting there. Then they can pop back in wearing a totally different outfit (a new hairstyle also helps drive this one home). Everyone will be amazed and a little freaked out. 6 Get Siblings Or Parents In On The Fun
You know that classic party trick where someone hides behind you and it looks like their arms are your arms? Well, it works surprisingly well on Zoom. Have a sibling (or you can do it, too!) hide behind your kiddo, making all arms movements for them. This is especially funny if your kiddo is drinking something (a juice box or a water bottle is probably the best idea if you don't want to drown your keyboard) and see how long it takes for anyone to notice.
7 A Whoopee Cushion Never Fails
One of the oldest tricks in the book, the whoopee cushion never fails to provide a laugh. It's super funny on Zoom, too, because it's really hard to figure out which square the offending sound is coming from. Be ready for pure chaos and hilarity to ensue.
8 Live Like A Disney Princess
Your dreams can come true via
Modsy's Disney princess Zoom backgrounds per Bustle. They offer modern takes on the spaces in which your favorite Disney princesses live, and your kiddo can trick their class into thinking that they live like a (very chic) Elsa or Moana. You may even want to keep this up in your own work meetings. 9 Wear A Funny Costume Or Wig kate_sept2004/E+/Getty Images
If you don't feel like messing with your Zoom features, you can always opt for an IRL filter by having your kiddo wear a wig or a silly costume. There's something so hilarious about a person in an outrageous outfit going about their daily business (in this case, following along with the virtual lesson hopefully) and the whole class will be laughing along with this silly April Fools' joke.
10 Pretend You're On Mute
This one is a great last-minute option that requires zero prep. When called on, your kiddo can mouth their answer (the longer the better). When someone inevitably points out that they're on mute, your kiddo can yell out, "April Fools!"
11 Make A Mask Of The Teacher’s Face
Why not get the whole class in on the joke? Get a decent snapshot of your kid’s teacher, and have everyone do a large print out of his face at home. Paste the pic to some cardboard to make a mask. And voila! When the teacher logs on, he will find himself staring back at multiple clones of himself. Which will bring some great laughs, as well as make him wonder if he’s having some kind of episode. Win-win!