Build a Better Leprechaun Trap

Every year around this time we break out the supplies to see if we might be lucky enough to catch a leprechaun. Whether you are at home or in a school situation, "building a better leprechaun trap" is a fun, creative way to get in the mood for leprechaun season while building thinking skills.

Set your traps (the day before St. Paddy's Day), and perhaps you'll wake up to a little fellow who will lead you to his pot o' gold. If not, he might leave you some golden treats and little notes instead. Ours usually have glittery little footprints and other evidence of their trap foolin' too. Have fun!

Here are the steps to get you started:
1. Gather together materials to make a perfect leprechaun trap (plastic spoons, string, yarn, cardboard, anything shiny, pieces of wood, straw, spools, and any other recycled materials)
2. Design your trap. What do you think is the best way to attract and eventually catch a leprechaun?
3. Build your trap. How might you make your trap "leprechaun tight"?

Remember: leprechauns are tricky, "little" fellows. They are also naughty and often disobey signs!

I just love seeing all the wonderful, creative ways kids can come up with to make a "trap". Please send me photos of your leprechaun traps. I'd love to feature some of them here on The Wondershop.

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