How to make a Leprechaun Trap for St. Patrick’s Day

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We got a homework assignment for my Kindergartener.  We were instructed to send a Leprechaun Trap into school.  Now, when I get an assignment like this I’m always thinking about the stuff you put ON a project, to give it pizzaz.  My son, like his father, has been mulling over in his head for over a week now what it is that he wants to do.  Since we were snowed in this morning, the kids and I decided they’d ALL three make Leprechaun Traps, and here’s the result.

From my 3 year old- apparently, leprechauns like TAPE.  Lots and lots of tape.  Sure, some leprechauns may like shiny things, or lucky charms, or gold, but my daughter is adamant they just want tape.  Legends may say to the contrary, but in this girl’s mind, THIS is how to trap a leprechaun.

leprechaun trap 3 year old

For my 7 year old, who clearly thinks like me, we are out to trap a female leprechaun.  And she LOVES feathers.  It’s all about the bling when you are in second grade!   She wanted the leprechaun to feel welcome- hence the welcome sign.  Everything’s better with feathers!

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My 5 year old decided to devise a trap that is a secret compartment in the bottom of the pot of gold…so when the greedy leprechaun dives in to grab the gold, he’ll fall crashing through the bottom and not be able to climb back out.  He’s all business.

leprechaun trap 5 year old

 

As you can see, the kids put a lot of thought and time (and tape) into their traps.  From looking around online and in books, here’s what you need to make a leprechaun trap:

A box, cup, bowl in which to place something to entice the Leprechaun.

The “something” to entice the leprechaun should be shiny, sweet, or shiny and sweet.  Gold chocolate coins, Lucky Charms cereal, edible glitter…all things to lure that little leprechaun.

Something to “trap” the naughty little imp with- a hole in the bottom of the pot of gold, a string or stick that when touched, sets off the ‘trap’ to catch the leprechaun.

For us, we used (empty) cereal boxes, aluminum foil, party cups, construction paper, stickers, tape and glue…and feathers.  Then, more tape.  I think the more FUN you make a leprechaun trap, the better.  It’s not about the savvy design or the hi-tech features- it’s about being silly and having fun.  The kids and I can’t wait to set the traps and fill them….we think we’re doing Lucky Charms cereal but aren’t 100% sure yet.

 

Do YOU make leprechaun traps? What do you use?

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  • I love this trap! We make one every year! We made one out of a oatmeal canister once, it worked really good!

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  • So cute, much funny :)

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  • I’ve been thinking about a fairy garden for this year. I think in can incorporate something like this into it. My granddaughters will love making it. They’ve been making plans for weeks. Thanks.

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  • how very cute. I want to try this next year with my kids. :)

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  • Oh my how adorable and hilarious… leprechauns want tape, lol! Thanks for sharing

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  • Too funny, I’ve never heard of making one of these before.

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  • That’s a cute idea. The kids enjoy it and it keeps them busy for a while.

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  • Love it! So cute!

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  • Wow! What a great idea. I have 2 five year old daughters who love to use tape for anything and everything and once they get started I gotta keep an eye that they don’t use multiple entire rolls at a time. I think my favorite of the traps is the last one, very clever. On St. Patricks day at our house we made rainbow pancakes. We’ll have to remember the Leprechaun Trap for next year.

    <3 Alyca
    A Table for Five

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  • Never heard of a leprechaun trap but I LOVE it….I LOVE the 3 approaches, and can’t wait to see what mine come up with…thanks for the DARLING idea!

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  • Amazing,adorable,and easy to make.

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  • What a cute idea.

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  • What a fun idea. And a school project for the whole family to boot! I’ll be pinning this.

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  • What a great idea for the kiddos. I will have to keep this in mind.

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  • This is so cute – My grandkis are going to enjoy doing this. Thanks for the great idea.

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  • This is sooo cute. I”m going to do this type of thing with my grandson for all holidays.

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  • My grand kids would love this project.

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  • that´s so cute!

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  • What a fun craft! I love the feathers.

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  • With today being St. Patrick’s day and all, I was wondering if you caught a Leprechaun with your trap?

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  • This is TOO CUTE!!!! I am definitely saving this one, thank you so much!!!

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  • That’s adorable! I love it!

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  • This is great ! Just today my grandson was walking around my house saying he was looking for leprechauns!!!

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  • i LOVE this craft project! I have an empty cereal box now and will be using it with my 4 year old, though i’m not sure he will get the concept totally-it will be a great introduction. And Ive got lots of tape! Sticky shiney and gold. We will trap that imp ourselves@!

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  • Love this. My granddaughters would love this

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  • LOL, my grandsons would love making this, after I teach them what a leprechaun is. Thanks for sharing this fun idea.

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  • Sweet creation, I think this can also be applied for another feast days.

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  • Cute trap, I miss making all those wonderful little art crafts that we use to make, when I was in grade school.

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  • This is so cute. What a fun craft for kids.

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  • How sweet and cute is this!! My niece is coming to spend the weekend with me and this is something we could do together with things I have around the house and have fun!! Thanks

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  • Cute idea! My son is a little young for this but I bet an older kid would think this is super cool!

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  • i don’t because i never thought of that before..what a fun project for the kids

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  • What fun! That is just stinking adorable!!!

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  • What a cute craft idea and a creative mind!

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  • I love it! Such a great idea :D I can’t wait to make one to/with my lil niece ^_^ thank you!!

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  • So cute! Didn’t they used to do these kinds of things in kindergarten? Or am I so old that I am way out of touch? :-)

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  • This is an awesome idea! Love it!

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  • What a great idea! I think my childcare kids will love this project!

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  • That is SOOOO adorable! Isn’t it funny how each child will approach a challenge like this? I love it! Great stuff!

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