Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap

This post is a little late because I've been having some health issues that just haven't left me feeling up to blogging very much. But better late than never, right? This year, Avlyn and I made a leprechaun trap. There was a photo of something similar in Family Fun magazine, so I just winged it for our project. The idea is to create a trap that will entice a leprechaun on St. Patrick's Day eve. But we all know that leprechauns are tricky little buggers, so it's almost impossible to catch one. But you also need to understand that my daughter believes 100% that she will catch one eventually, and there's no telling her they're just a make-believe creature.

We started by cleaning out a bread crumbs container. Then she decorated a piece of green construction paper. I used hot glue to wrap and attach the piece of construction paper to the container. You could use regular glue, but it will take longer to dry.

Then she stuffed some gold tissue paper down inside to "trick" the leprechaun into thinking that the container was filled with gold, because we all know what leprechauns love - GOLD! After attaching the paper to the container, she added green and gold stick on gems and yellow flowers picked from our forsythia bush.

While she was busy doing that, I created a ladder for the leprechaun to use to climb up into our container for the fake gold. I just cut small tree branches to size and hot glued the pieces together. Then I added some yellow forsythia flowers. We then created a sign to attract the leprechaun by advertising our leprechaun gold.

It took her a while to find just the right spot in our home for the leprechaun trap. After she did, we added some baby gummi bears because we heard leprechauns have a sweet tooth. When we woke up the next morning, our trap was sans leprechaun but the gummi bears were gone and he had dropped some Skittles behind-----because you know they like to taste the rainbow ;)

I hope you like this craft and have fun making one of your own next St. Patrick's Day. Happy homeschooling.

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