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A Fun Idea for St. Patrick’s Day: Leprechaun Traps


A co-worker asked if I was doing a leprechaun trap with my children. After I looked puzzled, she explained it to me. Create a trap for your leprechaun. He can be lured by rainbows, potatoes, shiny objects like coins and foil, and even Lucky Charms cereal. As your child tries to trap the leprechaun, the leprechaun leaves traces of his visit and also leaves treats behind for your child.

So, if you are missing your Elf on the Shelf nightly duties or just looking for something fun for St. Patrick’s Day, you may want to create a leprechaun trap.

There are many ideas out there, but here are a few of my favorites:

  • A trap made out of Legos, which means that the possibilities are endless!

You may also enjoy making a rainbow cake with green icing, reading “The Leprechaun Trap” by David and Kelly Clinch, or completing some of these Evan-Moor St. Patrick’s Day activities:

Leprechaun Shape Book (Grades K–2)

Catching a Leprechaun (Grades 3–4)

St. Patrick’s Day Activities (Grades 3–5)

St. Patrick’s Day Cards (All Grades)

Please share your leprechaun traps; we’d love to see them and hear your stories. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Contributing Writer

contributor-trisha-smallTrisha Thomas is the mother of two and serves on the board of directors at a co-op preschool. She has also been a marketer of educational materials for grades PreK–8 for more than 15 years.

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  1. Oh, I love the idea of a leprechaun trap! I’m going to make one out of a green bag I have.

  2. Hi folks, delighted to see that you are interested in teaching your children about St Patrick’s Day. I would recommend the resources on this website for your attention. They are created by a genuine Irish teacher for his classes in Ireland

  3. Pingback: Catching Leprechauns – Kindergarten Fun for St. Patrick’s Day | The Joy of Teaching - An Evan-Moor Blog

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