Tuesday

Leprechaun traps that work


 I have been getting the cutest google searches to the leprechaun traps I posted last year. Things like, "leprechaun traps that really work" and "how to catch a leprechaun in my house". I think kids are searching and coming up with Holiday Haven. Love that!

We have made our traps this year! A little later than I intended, but still in time for the big day.

If you are an adult reading this and are wondering what is the big deal with leprechaun traps. Well, according to tradition, leprechauns are sneaky but jolly little creatures that sneak into houses to steal gold! Of course this is very unacceptable, so traps are set.  IF a leprechaun is caught (unharmed) he being impressed with your prowess, will surrender to you all of his gold from the end of the rainbow. Now who wouldn't want that?

And, if you are a kiddo reading this these traps according to my children's research are the ones most likely to catch a leprechaun:

We cut all but two sides from a sturdy shoe box and added a rainbow that we made from craft foam. Cotton balls as clouds and moss on the ground to disguise that it is a shoe box, which is very important.

Under the cloud tied to a string is a cage made from popsicle sticks. The string then loops over the rainbow back through the box and is weighted down by gold.

Our gold is usually pennies, this time we put them in a little leprechaun hat, once the hat is moved the string releases the cage and hopefully we find a leprechaun in the morning!

This next photo came out a bit dark, but it is a regular box tipped upside down, with a ladder leading to the hole where you carry the box on the side. Painted green, adorned with a pipe cleaner rainbow and a popsicle stick ladder. Since I took the photo my kiddo has also added pennies around the opening to make it more attractive to the leprechaun. And he also taped the box down to another piece of cardboard to provide a floor.

And because my middle schooler is convinced that duck tape will work for everything, he created a sticky trap, and he upped the incentive, instead of just pennies he added nickels too.


Of course there are no guarantees that one will catch a leprechauns as they are tricky and smart, but if you are lucky you might find a sprung trap, a hat, a little note, or even a foot print!


See our traps from last year HERE:







Happy St. Patrick's Day





10 comments:

Kathleen said...

Hi Jessa,
I hope your little ones catch lots of leprechauns. My little Lily, Michael, Declan and Seamus are getting ready to catch some too!
Did you link up at my Blog Party? Come on over!

Sarah said...

Jessa, I popped over from Kathleen's party and linked up. Thanks for hosting.
Hope you catch lots of leprechauns.
Happy St. Patrick's Day ~ Sarah

Phyllis said...

Your trap is so much fun for the little ones. I only wish I had known about it when I taught first grade. The Leprechauns did visit our classroom every night and did havoc....even left messages on the chalkboard. Your trap would have made the experience even more fun for the children.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Cute ideas Jessa, I can see the kids having a lot of fun with this:@)

Marlis said...

OOh I love this!! How cute and clever. I had never done this with the kids. I will pass this on to the grands.. Happy St. pats!

Deb S. said...

What wonderful ideas! I'm so glad to have found this post. I think I will have the make a trap or two tonight. I know that leperchaun had intended to mess up there rooms and throw chocolate coins everywhere! Thanks so much for sharing!

Dreamgoddess said...

How cute! I can't wait to make one of these for my grandsons.

bluedreamer said...

oh i hope we're not to late to catch Leprechaun
we just made our own trap today
here's ours
http://foundation08.blogspot.com/2011/03/leprechaun-trap.html

JanMary @ www.janmary.com said...

Congrats - you were one of the St Patrick's Day carnival winners :)

Get in touch with your postal address and I'll send you your prize from Ireland :)

Terra said...

I wonder if you will catch a Leprechaun in your clever trap.




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