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Your kids will have a blast trying to catch a leprechaun! Check out how to build a leprechaun trap with this step-by-step tutorial.
Leprechauns are known to be sneaky little creatures who can be hard to catch, and sometimes they travel with sweet goodies. That means kids have to get creative to catch them when they’re romping around on St. Patrick’s Day.
Follow the instructions below, and your kids will be ready to see how good their trap is at catching a leprechaun.
Build a Leprechaun Trap
Using supplies you likely already have at home (or can get inexpensively at the dollar store), your kids can make a leprechaun trap of their own. Will they be able to catch a leprechaun this St. Patrick’s Day?
What You’ll Need
• 1 Shoe Box (any size will work)
• 1—12″ Dowel Rod
• Construction Paper (All the rainbow colors)
• Small Green Hat or Container to hold Gold Coins
What to Do
Using green construction paper, cut pieces to fit all sides of the box on the outside and inside. A paper cutter may make this step easier if your preschoolers want to do it themselves. Glue or tape each piece on.
Cut 1” strips of construction paper in colors: Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue, Purple.
Cut a sheet of purple construction paper in half. Then, fold each end of the colored strips of paper about an inch under, and tape or glue each end to the purple paper.
Next tape/glue a cotton ball to each end of the color strips to look like clouds.
Decorate your box using the St. Patrick’s Day stickers.
Prop the bigger part of the box up over the lid and put the dowel rod in place so the box stays propped open.
Now just set your rainbow road in front of the box, place some gold coins on it leading to the “trap”, and you’re ready to catch a leprechaun. Leave the leprechaun trap where it can be found.
If you’re lucky, a leprechaun will visit the night before St. Patrick’s Day! If so, when you’re kids wake up, they’ll find the box closed. If the leprechaun is lucky enough to get away without being trapped, he may leave behind a little treat! They’re known for leaving chocolate coins and/or Skittles as a surprise.
PRESCHOOL BOOKS ABOUT Leprechauns
Fill your book basket with a great collection of books about leprechauns. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
How to Catch a Leprechaun – You’ve been planning night and day, and finally you’ve created the perfect trap! Now all you need to do is wait. Is this the year you’ll finally catch the leprechaun? Start a St. Patrick’s Day tradition with this fun and lively children’s book.
How to Trap a Leprechaun – Legend has it that if you catch a leprechaun, he’ll grant you a wish. But, be careful! Leprechauns are full of trickery. To catch one, you’ll need to be clever in crafting your trap. Grab some glitter and glue and get prepared for your wily holiday visitors!
Three Ways to Trap a Leprechaun – Maker-girl Claire is determined to catch a leprechaun to prove that these magical, mischievous, miniature marvels are real.
More Leprechaun Trap Ideas
The Lucky Leprechaun Trap is a necessity for St. Patrick’s Day! Bait the leprechaun in with a gold coin. When the leprechaun climbs the ladder and pressure is pushed down on the rainbow the four leaf clover lid closes over the trap. Keeping him inside.
This is so fun and clever your family will LOVE it! You don’t even have to be Irish! Set up your beautiful rainbow and lucky four leaf clover pathway so you can try to catch a leprechaun!