St. Patrick’s Day– Leprechaun Trap

Have you ever caught a Leprechaun? No? Well we have not either…but we sure do try every St. Patrick’s Day.  The kids love to set a Leprechaun Trap for a little St. Patrick’s Day Fun.  Today we’d like to teach you how to trap a leprechaun.

We have never caught one of those sneaky little Leprechauns.  The Leprechauns come in the middle of the night and snatch our little black pot, without setting off the trap, and leave a trail of little green footprints to a hidden clue. This clue leads to another and so on, sending the kids on a “treasure hunt”. After following the trail of clues, the kids are eventually led to the “end of the rainbow” where they find a “pot of gold!”

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The Leprechauns usually leave us some Rolo candies, peppermint patties, and Hershey’s kisses and Pot of Gold candy. (Basically anything the “Momma Leprechauns” can find that has a silver or gold wrapper). We painted a “pot” black (a terracotta plant from any craft store).

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Each St. Patrick’s eve, in anticipation of the Leprechauns arrival we set out the pot underneath a trap (a laundry basket held up by a stick that has a notch on the end). For bait, we put some broccoli into the pot because everybody knows that Leprechauns love broccoli (hence their greenish skin color). pot of gold leprechaun wm Every year the trap goes untouched, the broccoli is missing and the pot has been hidden for us to seek and discover. What does your family do for your St. Patrick’s Day Traditions? Pin It

Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.


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    I almost did this one last year, I will definitely do it this year.

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    Too cute! Not many fun ideas out there for St. Patrick's day. : ( At my house, the Leprechauns leave gold dollar coins hidden somewhere in the house…one for each child. The kids wake up extra early to find them. For some reason, the kids have always kept the coins and never wanted to spend them….they say they are magic! Ha! Thanks for the new ideas! I can't wait to try them this year.

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    This is the third year that the Leprechauns have turned our milk green on March 1st! We've made traps but have yet to catch one. They play silly tricks on us from the 1-16th. On the morning of the 17th we wake up to many green gifts. (bubbles, silly string, sunglasses . . .) If we catch one this year we'll share the gold!!!!

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    Holly @ Roller Coaster Life says:

    oh my goodness i LOVE this!!! my kids will love this too!!! thanks =)

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    Brassy Apple says:

    oh so fun! tweeted and posted on my FB page to share with my readers :)

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    Our Seven Dwarfs says:

    Great ideas! We just posted our St. Patrick's Day traditions too. I think we'll definitely have to incorporate your trap. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!


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    That is an adorable idea- my girls are teens but I am thinking of doing this for fun!!

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    Amy! What a fun activity to do with the kiddos! I’ve linked to you here:


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