St. Patrick's Day Ideas: Homemade Leprechaun Trap
Catch a bit o' luck with this St. Patrick's Day snare.
- Trap maker:Your kid.
- Leprechaun:That's you.
- Shoebox:Without the lid.
- A long stick:About double the size of the shoebox.
- Green construction paper:Enough to cover the shoebox.
- Embellishments:Like shamrock and rainbow stickers, glitter and markers.
- Glue or tape
- A treat:Something small the leprechaun will leave behind, like candy, stickers or a small toy. It needs to fit inside the shoebox, so for this St. Patrick's Day idea, save the scooter for your kid's birthday!
- Grab an old adult-sized shoebox and help your kid cover it in green construction paper. Use glue or tape to keep it in place.
- Next, have her decorate the box to make it enticing enough to attract a leprechaun. She can draw shamrocks all over it or put rainbow stickers on it so the leprechaun comes snooping around for a pot of gold.
- When the trap is finished, head outside and help your kid find a long, thick stick to hold the trap up with. The stick needs to be thick enough to stand up straight and support the edge of the box. If you can find a stick with a "Y" shaped end, that's even better. In fact, you could make the stick hunt all about finding a Y-shaped stick and eat up even more activity time.
- The night before St. Patrick's Day, help her set it up on the front stoop or by the fireplace. Turn the box upside-down and prop it open with the stick. (Think of old-school rabbit traps, like when Elmer Fudd tied a string to the stick and then pulled on it so that a box would fall on top of Bugs Bunny when he went under it to get the carrots.)
- When your kid goes to bed, place a little treat under the box and trip the trap by knocking out the stick.
- When your kid wakes up, she'll see that the trap has caught something and will rush to find her leprechaun. We doubt she'll be disappointed in only finding a pile of candy under the box, but if she demands an explanation, tell her the leprechaun was caught, but he's a wily little fellow and somehow escaped, leaving his "treasures" behind. His loss is her gain.
- Put the box away and have her try to trap him again next year.