Traditional French April Fool’s Fish Game

I’m sure most, if not all of you are familiar with April Fool’s Day and all its associated shenanigans. But I’ve got one that I bet you don’t know about! “Poisson d’avril” is the French word for a joke made on April 1st. On this day in France, children try to stick paper fish on their friends’ backs. When the joke is discovered, they shout “poisson d’avril!” Pretty cute, huh?! I’m French, but I wanted to share this tradition of ours with everyone everywhere through this fun April Fool’s fish craft.


What You Need

  • Construction paper (the more colors the better!)
  • Goggly eyes
  • Color coding label stickers
  • Scissors
  • Masking or any variety of thin tape


Step 1
Grab your construction paper and cut out as many fish shapes as your heart desires.

Step 2
Cut your color coding labels in half and dive into decorating! Make sure to add the googly eye (so that your fish can see anyone sneaking up.)

Step 3
Add a strip of masking tape to your fish’s nose. Just like that, you have the perfect “Poisson d’avril” prank!


You’re now ready to celebrate April Fool’s Day in true french fashion.


But watch your back – someone may be sneaking up on you!

  • Random Indi

    These are super cute!

  • Michelle McInerney

    What a cute April Fools tradition…. which after seeing this cuteness will become a tradition in our Irish home now xx thanks for the inspo

  • Remei Gómez Gracia

    Oh, wow!! I didn’t have a clue about this! It’s so refreshing and fun! Thanks a lot for sharing! Totally trying it!! :)

  • Danielle

    So cute—love this tradition!

  • Anna Lowell

    I woke up this morning (April Fool’s) with no ideas on how to celebrate. I am so thankful I found your post. It is perfect, simple, and I already have all of the materials on hand. Thanks for sharing!

  • Anne

    Such a cute game. My kiddos will love it. Thanks!