Looking for a fun St. Patrick’s Day activity for kids? Learn how to make a leprechaun trap with these top leprechaun traps for kids! Scroll to see them all!
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In 2020, my oldest was super excited about making a leprechaun trap with his kindergarten class. They had been talking about it for weeks…until school abruptly shut down.
Because of all the chaos that went with school closures, we totally dropped the ball on St. Patrick’s Day last year.
So, I’m determined to pick up where we left off and turn this into a family project.
The good news is that St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner!
This means now is the perfect time to start planning some St. Patrick’s Day fun for your little ones!
Before we dive in to explore some awesome leprechaun traps for kids, let’s learn a bit about these magical creatures.
Leprechaun Traps for Kids FAQs
Leprechauns look like tiny, pale, red-headed men with beards. They usually have a grouchy disposition. Whenever they appear in stories, they are usually wearing a cocked hat (a black or green hat with a buckle), a green coat with gold buttons, green pants, and shiny black shoes (sometimes with a buckle.)
The word “leprechaun” actually means “small body.” Many times people talk about leprechauns being the size of fairies. But, some people say leprechauns can be up to 2 feet tall.
It is said that leprechauns earn a gold coin on their birthday each year. Because they live to be very, very, old, they store all their gold in big pots that they keep hidden.
It’s actually pretty clever. Leprechauns hide their pot of gold there because it’s nearly impossible for humans to find out exactly where this is. This sneaky trick makes sure no one will ever steal their treasure.
10 Leprechaun Facts for Kids
1. Leprechauns are from Ireland
These tiny creatures are actually part of the fairy family and they hail from Ireland. Some people think leprechauns come from the Irish deity Lugh, who is a god of arts and crafts.
But, you don’t have to go to Ireland to spot a leprechaun. People say leprechauns can be found wherever Irish people live.
2. They live in the woods
In Ireland, people have spotted leprechauns near fairy mounts in the forest. Fairy mounds are little hills covered in grass. Your best bet is to look in woods that feel “magical.”
3. There aren’t any female leprechauns
No matter how hard you look, you won’t ever find a leprechaun who isn’t male.
4. They are crazy fast
If you want to find a leprechaun, you’ll need to be quiet and keep your eyes wide open. Leprechauns are super fast and move at lightning speed.
5. Some leprechauns are cobblers
Yes, leprechauns do have to work to make a living. Many of them spend their time making shoes.
That’s why you’ll sometimes see them holding a hammer.
6. Other leprechauns are bankers
Some leprechauns are in charge of all the fairy money. That’s why you see them running around chasing gold.
7. Each leprechaun has a pot of gold
Legend says that every leprechaun has his own pot of gold. He must guard it very carefully because he loves gold more than anything else in the world.
8. Leprechauns are notoriously untrustworthy
Out of all the fairies, leprechauns are by far the sneakiest. They have lots of ways to trick people out of finding out where they have hidden their pots of gold.
9. They like to hide in trees
When you are in the woods, look carefully at the trees. This is where leprechauns like to hide. They sometimes go behind trees or up in their branches. Since they wear green, they are easily camouflaged with the trees.
10. They can grant wishes
If someone catches a leprechaun, there are two things that can happen. He has to give you either his pot of gold (usually hidden at the end of a rainbow) or grant you three wishes.
What is a Leprechaun Trap?
A leprechaun trap can consist of a shoebox or other box that is decorated in a way to make a leprechaun think there is gold.
Make sure to include either real or chocolate coin money to entice the leprechauns to come to your trap. They love gold coins and will travel far and wide to collect them.
Where to Place Your Leprechaun Trap
Since leprechauns like the woods, that’s a great place to set up your trap. You can put it up in the trees or near the tree trunk.
And if you live in a rainy climate (like we do in the PNW), make sure your trap is under enough branches to keep it nice and dry.
Insider tip: You may need to leave it overnight unattended for your best chance to catch a leprechaun. They hate being around people.
How to Make a Leprechaun Trap
Ok, now it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty.
If you are looking for something fun to do with your kids that is hands-on, you can’t go wrong with these homemade Leprechaun traps!
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This is a super cute, tiny garden made to encourage leprechauns to come to visit by climbing up the little ladder and checking out the pot of gold.
I love this easy leprechaun trap for toddlers and preschoolers. Super simple to set up and doesn’t require many supplies.
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If your kids are LEGO lovers, you will have all the items you need to create your own LEGO leprechaun trap.
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This leprechaun trap project uses materials you probably already have on hand, like a cereal box.
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11. Leprechaun Trap
Ok, how adorable is this homemade leprechaun trap? It has so many cute details!
This post has tips for making a leprechaun trap using materials you can find around your house.
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What Happens if You Don’t Catch a Leprechaun?
Leprechauns are super sneaky characters and it’s pretty rare to actually catch one.
Usually, kids find a leprechaun letter thanking them for the gold coins, treats, or whatever the kids left the leprechaun.
Sometimes the leprechaun will even leave a treat, like the rainbow-colored Skittles!