It is getting so close to St. Patrick's Day. And this year, we wanted to do more than just wear green and bake Irish soda bread muffins. To celebrate, we have been reading How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace.
My kiddos learned how quick leprechauns are, how mischievous they can be and how hard they are to trap. They said, "We can catch one! Let's make a trap!"
So, that is exactly what we set out to do.
Leprechaun Trap for Kids - Materials
- Empty Coffee Container
- Green, Black and Gold Paper
- 2 Jumbo Craft Sticks
- 4 Small Craft Sticks
- Hot Glue and Gun
- Gold Paint
- Foam Brush
- Pink, Yellow, Blue, Purple and White Paper
- Glue Stick
- Tooth Pick
- Pillow Fluff
Leprechaun Trap For Kids - Instructions
Step One. Take the lid off the coffee container and tape green paper to the outside of it.
Step Two. Trace a small salad plate onto green paper. Cut out the circle and tape it to the bottom of the container, so it looks like a hat. I rolled a few pieces of tape to make double-sided tape. Then, I stuck the green circle on the bottom of the container.
Step Three. Cut a strip of black paper and tape it right above the bill of the hat.
Step Four. Cut a square out of the yellow paper. Cut the middle out of the square to make a buckle. Tape it to the black strip of paper, so it looks like a belt.
Step Five. Hot glue 4 small craft sticks to 2 jumbo craft sticks to make a ladder. Have your kiddos paint it gold with a foam brush.
Step Six. Once the ladder is dry, hot glue the top center to the side of the green hat. Our hat was a little too tall for the ladder. So, I cut an inch off the top using a kitchen knife.
Step Seven. Make a rainbow out of the pink, yellow, blue and purple paper. Optional: glue a little white cloud (made out of white paper) to the left side of the rainbow.
Step Eight. Tape a toothpick to the back of the rainbow and stick it between the green paper and coffee container at the top of the hat.
Step Nine. Add a little bit of pillow fluff or stretched-out cotton balls at the opening of the hat. You need just enough for the fluff to stay at the top.
Step Ten. Next, add your gold pieces. We didn't have any chocolate gold coins. So, I cut circles out of cardboard and had my kiddos paint them gold. We set them carefully on top of the fluff.
The night before St. Patrick's Day, set out the trap for the leprechaun. When your kiddos are asleep, push the fluff to the bottom of the container and leave a little note saying, "Your trap was quite good, but it couldn't trap me. Maybe next year you'll do much better and I won't be able to flee."
For added fun, make a small mess around the trap (since leprechauns are mischievous). I hope you have so much fun with it!
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