Here is how to make a Leprechaun Trap so the kids can see if they can trap a Leprechaun on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. Here are a couple of ideas, but anything they can think up and imagine is always a great thing too.
Leprechaun Trap Items
Just find empty coffee containers, empty cereal boxes, empty oatmeal jars or empty shoe boxes, construction paper, tape or glue, scissors, markers or crayons, stickers, etc. Then use items like fake gold (chocolate gold coins are good) or Skittles, and lucky charms cereal or anything that would ‘lure the Leprechaun’ to the trap.
Set up the traps before the kids go to bed. Just prop it up with a stick or, my personal preference, an empty paper towel roll. Then place something yummy underneath – like Lucky Charms cereal.
Staging the Trap
First remove some of the Leprechaun Lure. So if you had Lucky Charms, eat some, spread it around on the floor (Leprechauns are messy eaters), and remove the paper towel or whatever you used to prop up the trap. (Just set it nearby.) Then I like to make a hole in the side of the trap to make it look like the Leprechaun ‘escaped’ by chewing a hole through!
Then leave Leprechaun evidence behind like green confetti, or Leprechaun footprints. Have it go in the direct of the door you think the Leprechaun would have used to escape the house! Maybe muss up the house a bit (or more so than usual!) Open some kitchen drawers, and leave green napkins hanging out. Turn over a chair. Anything naughty the Leprechaun would have done before getting lured to the trap!
How to Make Leprechaun Footprints
The easiest way is to buy washable green paint (Crayola makes a good one.) Then take a little shoe that you can probably find from your kids’ toy box – like a Barbie shoe or even the foot of an action figure. Then place the shoe in the green paint and start stamping the foot in a walking pattern towards the door or where ever you think the Leprechaun would have walked. Our story is that the Leprechaun created destruction before getting caught in the trap.
Other Leprechaun Ideas
Color the toilet water green (using food coloring) pretending it must be Leprechaun pee-pee. (Kids love that!) Then hide chocolate gold coins around the house. When the kids wake up, they will see the empty trap, but the fun ‘destruction’ (and chocolate) the Leprechauns left behind in their hasty escape! If your kids don’t like chocolate, rainbow-colored Skittles would be Leprechaun approved!
Then have a fun St. Patrick’s Day with green food & decor. Check out my post here for other St. Patrick’s Day Activities! Sláinte!