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For the thrid year in a row we have set an excellent trap but those Sneaky Leprechauns seem to have evaded us once again! Peyton was disappointed but has decided next year our trap should be bigger
The Trap was set
And when they woke up….
We found green footprints, Chocolate Coins, Shamrock Confetti, and Green Rock Candy…but NO Leprechauns! We have underestimated them again!
Pixi following the trail
She was very concerned about the footprints
But thought the Green milk was lots of fun!
P2 didn’t want to check the trap…He made me do it!
Enjoying her Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow
Rainbow Breakfast~Fruit and Marshmallows
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
As a fun activity we decided to make some homemade playdough. Why the homemade kind with a few cookie cutters always holds their attention longer than the storebought sets I will never know, but the P’s loved this “Leprechaun” Playdough that sparkles!
We used this Playdough Recipe found on The Artful Parent. I must warn, though, that this makes a HUGE batch. We probably could’ve done with half the amount but most of Preston’s ended up on the floor so I was glad we had the extra
I made the whole batch Yellow and then while kneeding it I added the Green to half of it. Once it’s kneeded out and cooled off a bit, add in the glitter. We used silver and gold. Throw a few cookie cutters, cups, and utensils out to use with it and you have a fun St. Patrick’s Day activity for the kids!
One of our St. Patrick’s Day Traditons is to make a Leprechaun Trap. We started this a few years ago and the kids LOVE it! We’ve never actually caught one, but every year Those Sneaky Leprechauns dance around our kitchen leaving little green footprints behind and a little bit of ‘gold’ for our troubles.
Last year I was a little behind and not my usual prepared self. I forgot all about the trap until just a few days before. This left little for us to make a trap out of. What we ended up with was just as cute but easy enough for a 2 and 4 year old to make almost all on their own!
What you will need:
- small shoebox
- Green Duct Tape (we found ours at Michaels)
- Rainbow printable
- plain paper
- cotton balls
- cover the box with the green duct tape.
- Cut a star shaped slot in the lid of the box
- color the rainbow printable
- cut our two cloud shapes from the plain paper
- glue cotton balls onto the clouds
- tape finished rainbow to the side of the lid
DONE! To see our more elaborate Leprechaun trap click HERE.
A few years ago my daughter and I started a new tradition…catching leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day!
We found an adorable article and tutorial in Disney’s Family Fun magazine (one of my favorites for fun ideas!) and made our trap. Then we set it out on the kitchen counter, with some bait, and went to bed. We woke up to find that those sneaky leprechauns had gotten past our trap and taken our bait! They danced across our counter tops with their little green shoes, left gold dust everywhere, and turned our milk green with their magic…they also left some “gold” goodies waiting for the P’s in their trap.
If you’d like to try and catch one…here’s what you do:
Empty oatmeal container
green, gold, black felt
1. measure a piece of green felt large enough to wrap around the oatmeal container
2. cut a strip of black felt 1-2″ wide and as long as the green felt
3. cut a gold felt square with a hollow center
4. glue the black strip to the green felt
5. glue the gold square to the center of the gold strip.
6. cut out shamrock shapes (or use shamrock stickers) and glue onto the belt side of the felt.
7. cut the center out of the lid to the oatmeal container.
8. cut a circle of green felt the size of the oatmeal lid.
9. starting at center of green circle, make cuts outwards, working your way around the circle in sort of a star pattern
10. glue green circle to frame of oatmeal lid.
11. Place onto the oatmeal container.
12. spread glue onto the back of the green felt and wrap it around the oatmeal container.
13. cut another circle of green felt 1-2″ wider than the container.
14. glue circle to poster board.
15. glue bottom of oatmeal container (or what we can now call a ‘leprechaun hat’) to the center of circle on the poster board.
16. using twigs and a got glue gun, make a small ladder to reach from the poster board to the top of the ‘leprechaun hat’
15. place some ‘bait’ or crinkled up gold foil on the top of the hat, finishing off the trap.
Last year we definitely had a visit from some very sneaky leprechauns, as you can see from the photos below, but we weren’t able to catch any! Darn! They left us some treats and hopefully we will have better luck this year!
*the ‘gold’ dust was gold and green glitter that I sprinkled everywhere
**I used a barbie shoe and green crayola washable paint to make the foot prints
***the cups were already out on the counter with a few drops of green food coloring in them when the kids woke up, all you have to do is poor the milk into the cup and it will turn green right in front of their eyes! Leprechaun Magic!
****the leprechauns also left behind gold foiled chocolates for all of our trouble. This year I also got some gold coins for them to leave behind.