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.
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!
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.
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?6