For some St. Patrick’s Day is wearing green & sipping on McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes (or more in the later hours of the day). For others it is more a religious celebration with legitimate meaning. Whatever your outlook on this March holiday, if you have kids investing in a few hours to introduce a leprechaun trap is a super fun way to add festiveness to the day.
For Christmas it is elf on the shelf & Santa, on Easter the Easter Bunny comes, and sometimes there is a cupid on Valentine’s Day. Leprechauns come around in March to make their magical debut on St. Patrick’s Day.
The story behind a Leprechaun trap is just that, an effort to trap a leprechaun so that the little guy can play for a day or two. Unfortunately, it has never worked for me. I have never held a leprechaun in my hands or seen one locked in a trap that I made. Maybe this will be the year?
Materials We Used To Make Our Leprechaun Trap
Hot Glue & Gun
Toilet Paper Roll
Green Paper Straws (from Michael’s but THESE are cute too)
Washable Kids Paint (We LOVE Crayola) – Red Orange Yellow Green Blue & Purple
Paper Plate or White Card stock
Yellow Construction Paper
Gold Coins (We got plastic ones from the $1 Store)
In an effort to stick to our favorite crafts, we started our trap with a blank cardboard box.
I folded the top together so that it made a roof shape, but left an opening at the top.
- We painted the outside of the box green.
- For the staircase I hot glued paper straws up and down and cut smaller sections for the rungs.
- For the rainbow my daughter painted each one a different color.
One for each color of the rainbow (minus indigo because that wasn’t in the 6 pack of paint).
- The cloud is made of cotton balls glued to a cut out from the paper plate (or card stock). My daughter cut out a half circle for the sun and I glued that on also.
- For the rainbow I glued the popsicle sticks to the inside of the box, with them sticking out 3/4 of the way. Then glued the clouds & sun over the top.
- I drew on a black circle to symbolize the pot of gold and glued three gold coins on the top of that.
- I also added a sign and a couple arrows to ‘show the leprechaun which way to go.
- The toilet paper roll became the slide.
A trail of skittles is put on the outside, leading to the stairs, in hopes that the leprechaun will follow that ‘rainbow’ and then follow the signs. He will climb up the stairs to see a box full of gold coins. He will easily slide down the slide and get stuck inside.
Unfortunately, the leprechaun will probably find a magic door to let him out. So he will steal all of the gold and get out of the house. He is tricky, but he still cares. He’ll leave a note for my daughter explaining that he was there but needed to leave. And even more nice, he’ll leave a little treat for her. Most likely a bag of skittles.
It is a whimsical way to incorporate a little extra fun into a child’s life for a holiday. It is by no means necessary, but it is fun. Adds more anticipation and excitement.
If you want a free copy of the letter the leprechaun will leave our daughter, click below.
I have teamed up with a few other fantastic bloggers to share our favorite St. Patrick’s Day inspiration for kids!
This includes crafts, activities, recipes, and even printables! Check them out!
St Patrick’s Day Preschool Potion Play from Crafty Kids at Home
Egg Carton Shamrock Craft from Play & Learn Everyday
The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day from Kelly’s Classroom
Rainbow Rainmaker from Mum in the Mad House
Michael Finnigan Craft from Craftulate
Shamrock sun catcher craft from The Gingerbread House
Rainbow Hearts Craft from Our Whimsical Days
Shamrock Stones from Sunny Day Family
Luck of the Irish Mickey Mouse Oreo Pops from Crafty Mama in ME
Kids’ Kitchen: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes from Sugar, Spice & Glitter
St Patrick’s Day Counting Worksheet from Larabee UK
Pot of Gold Number Mats from The Kindergarten Connection
St Patricks’s Day Playdough from Clares Little Tots
Rainbow Buttons Color Sorting & Craft Activity from Kidz Activities
Pot o’ Gold DIY Piggy Bank from Playground Parkbench
Duct Tape Bracelets from Teach Me Mommy