Mom guilt and other factors have led me to attempt more crafts with my kids. You can read more about that here. This is our first project and thankfully, my friend Kim from Mom Tried It knows exactly how uncrafty I am, so she went super easy on me with this first project.
Things you will need: plastic laundry basket (just throw your dirty clothes on the floor), stick from the yard, piece of string or yarn, bait (you can use the marshmallows from Lucky Charms or plastic gold coins), the goodies (you can have the boys draw fake treasure maps to hidden gold – because leprechauns love gold or if you are feeling really ambitious have them paint rainbows on a piece of paper and put the end of the rainbow in an clean empty tin can that is wrapped with black construction paper. Then put some of the bait in the “pot” at the end of the rainbow).
The easy part: Let your boys come up with a trap to catch the Leprechaun. Prop up the laundry basket with the stick and add the string to pull the stick loose to drop the basket. Let them come up with elaborate ways to catch him. I bet they can.
It will be fun to watch them work together to get it done. They will talk about the science of getting things to work, and they will never ever know they are actually learning as they plan their attack.
This isn’t one of those crafts you feel obligated to keep or hang up. You can take pictures for memories, but when it is done you just put it up. It is like Santa Claus, Leprechauns only come out once a year. This is something that little boys will absolutely love!! Super easy, fun, and semi-messless. I bet they get their action figures and add some back up or reinforcements.
How did Kim know that I’d have to empty my dirty clothes out of the basket before I started?
My boys loved making traps for Leprechauns. They are convinced that they are going to be rich from all the gold they are going to get. Though my 5 and 7 year old both really enjoyed drawing out their plans for how to create their traps.
Like Kim pointed out, this isn’t a craft that you feel obligated to keep around- it’s just something to keep the kids busy: always a good thing.
The only drawback? Our newest kindergarten homework assignment is to create a Leprechaun trap to take into school. That one won’t be as simple as this one!
What we ended up doing was taking a small box(about 6×4) and stapling bright green paper to it. We used glittery shamrock foam stickers from Michael’s(on sale for $1.50) and put those on the box. We filled in the empty space with gold coins made with yellow glitter glue(that I somehow had in my house) and then filled the inside with shamrock garland(also on clearance at Michael’s for $1). The idea is that the sparkles and coins would attract the little Leprachaun(whose name is apparently “Lucky”). He’d want to climb in with all the clover and get trapped.
Well, in theory, anyway. What ended up happening was that Lucky took the garland out of the box and hid it in the teacher’s desk. Punk leprachaun. We were supposed to get his gold!
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Will you try to make a Leprechaun trap?