Are you looking for a fun and educational activity to do with your kids for St. Patrick’s Day? The luck of the Irish must be with you because I’m here to show you how to make a leprechaun trap!
Irish Fairies: In case you need a refresher course, according to Irish lore, if you catch a leprechaun he’s required to grant you three wishes in exchange for his release. Of course, they’re very sneaky so the traps are going to have to be good! Lucky for us, Consumer Crafts has tons of great green-related products to choose from to help you with your leprechaun trap.
Supplies needed to make your own leprechaun trap:
- Foamies® Sheet of Glitter Shamrock Stickers
- Gold Coin Charms
- We R Memory Keepers™ Green Chevron Washi Tape
- Green and White Striped Washi Tape
- Glitter Gold Mod Podge® Dimensional Magic
- Lime Green and White Twist Baker’s Twine
- Rainbow Duck Tape®
- Wooden Kids Bug Box
- EK Tools™ Black Journal Pens
Step One. Gather the supplies you’re going to give your kids to make their own leprechaun traps. You don’t have to buy the entire supply list I made above, just enough to get their creative juices flowing!
Step Two. Lay out all the supplies in a large basket or at the center of your table. Depending on the age of your children, you might want to talk about the background of leprechauns and why we chose each of the materials to make the traps. If your kids are older, you can definitely add a STEM element to this project by discussing simple machines and theories of cause and effect.
Step Three. Step back and let them create their own leprechaun trap! My five year old decided to lure the leprechaun into his bug box with some gold coins and a door sign reading “Gold Here!” I love that he added an arrow pointing inward just in case the leprechauns got confused!
I love giving my boys open-ended projects like this, where there are no pictures to tell them if they’re making it “right” and all their creative ideas come from within!
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Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at Tried & True.