Fun How to Catch a Leprechaun Activities

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When my kids were little they really wanted to learn how to catch a leprechaun. They spent quite some time creating the perfect traps.

Was it silly? Of course, but there is no harm in indulging the silly side of childhood. They knew that a leprechaun was a mythical creature, but it was fun to pretend otherwise.

They had so much fun and I made sweet memories with them.

How to Catch a Leprechaun Activities

how to catch a leprechaun activities written over a leprechaun trap

Read How to Catch a Leprechaun

I love to combine books with fun activities whenever possible. How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace is a fun book to read before crafting a trap. It might even give kids a few leprechaun trap ideas.

Be sure to stop by the author’s website for fantastic free resources:

  • Teacher’s guide for the book -it is full of great language arts activities to add to your lesson plans
  • Printable activity kit with fun activities for kids (these would be great in a boredom-busting basket)
  • Craft activities
  • Storytime with Adam Wallace

Create your own leprechaun trap

After reading the book set out a variety of craft supplies and let your children’s creativity shine. There are a ton of potential leprechaun trap supplies, but some include:

  • Boxes in a variety of sizes (Amazon box, shoe box, oatmeal canisters, empty cereal boxes, etc.)
  • Construction paper
  • Paint (solid tempera paint sticks are a low/no mess option)
  • Markers (preferably in rainbow colors)
  • Tape
  • Cotton balls
  • Gold coins
  • Pom poms
  • Tin foil
  • Shamrock shape stickers
  • Glue gun (this requires adult supervision)

Some kids like to create a plan before they start constructing their own trap, but others enjoy making up the plan as they go. Either option is totally fine. There is no one perfect leprechaun trap.

One of my kids always worked with the finished product in mind and one enjoyed the process, changing direction every few minutes. There are different ways to accomplish the same goal.

The best part is seeing their personalities shine while trying to create the perfect leprechaun trap. My artistic child always used plenty of green paint, green construction paper, and rainbows. My engineer included trap doors. Both added little treats to entice the leprechauns.

Kids can set their leprechaun traps out on the Eve of Saint Patrick’s Day. My kids never caught a leprechaun, but they did always find gold chocolate coins in their traps in the morning 😉.

Extra St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Eat Lucky Charms cereal

This idea is so simple. All you need to do is serve Lucky Charms cereal at some point in the day. Cereal is typically served at breakfast, but it also makes a sweet snack.

Set out a St. Patrick’s Day art tray

An art tray is a great way to help kids flex their creative muscles. Just pile themed craft supplies on a tray and then set it on a table.

This St. Patrick’s Day-themed art tray has a rainbow and gold theme.

St. Patrick’s Day tea party

Tea with poetry is a fun way to include poetry in your homeschool. This is one of my favorite language arts activities because it works with just about any age. My son was only about 3 years old when we had our first poetry teatime. The snacks keep kids at the table, even if they think they are not interested in poetry.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover book study

This nature book study by Literature Adventures for Kids is an adorable book-based activity for St. Patrick’s Day. Kids will read the story and follow rabbit trails about clover, gold, and St. Patrick’s Day while learning new vocabulary words.

Try a pot of gold craft

Legend has it that leprechauns try to find the end of a rainbow in search of a pot of gold. Pinterest has quite a few pot of gold crafts for kids, but these are my favorites:

Make green footprints

Spring can be a great time of year to bust out the sidewalk chalk. Let your kids decorate for Saint Patrick’s Day by drawing green footprints on the sidewalk, walkway, or driveway of your home.

Make leprechaun top hat cookies

This cute project is both a craft activity and a snack. Kids will use marshmallows, cookies, and candy decorations to create leprechaun top hat cookies. These top hats might be the perfect snack for a St. Patrick’s Day tea with poetry!

I hope you have a wonderful time learning how to catch a leprechaun with your kids!

Be sure to save this post so you can find it again next year.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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