St Patrick’s Day Craft: How to Make a DIY Leprechaun Trap for Kids

St Patrick's Day Craft: How to Make a DIY Leprechaun Trap for Kids, a tutorial featured by top DC mommy blog, Baby Castan on Board

While browsing the book store, Aiden discovered the story How to Catch a Leprechaun. When we finished reading he was intrigued by leprechauns so we found Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase. One of my favorite family traditions growing up around St Patrick’s Day was building leprechaun traps with my brother and sister. When I told him I used to make traps to catch leprechauns when I was little, he was determined to show me that he would have better luck than the characters in both stories and I ever had with a trap of his own!

St Patrick's Day Craft: How to Make a DIY Leprechaun Trap for Kids, a tutorial featured by top DC mommy blog, Baby Castan on Board

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How We Made a Leprechaun Trap for Kids

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap for Kids that Works!

How to make a leprechaun trap with a preschooler

Ingredients

  • Shoe Box
  • Paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Stickers (optional)
  • Tape

Instructions

  1. Cover the shoe box in paper (if it has a design on it).

  2. Have your toddler decorate the box.

  3. Set up the "trap" with a slight opening on a table.

  4. On the night before St. Patrick's Day add chocolate coins or a shamrock to the trap.

When I was little, my mom always left a “gift” from the leprechaun so that we would know that he was there. It was usually a small shamrock or chocolate coins. Once Aiden goes to bed the evening before St Patrick’s Day, I plan to leave some chocolate coins for him.

St Patrick's Day Craft: How to Make a DIY Leprechaun Trap for Kids, a tutorial featured by top DC mommy blog, Baby Castan on Board

This DIY Leprechaun Trap for Kids was the perfect craft for a cold winter afternoon. It kept my preschooler occupied for a little over an hour and it even helped reinforce some important developmental skills like eye hand coordination, creativity/imagination, and the concept of cause and effect. We even worked on letters.

St Patrick's Day Craft: How to Make a DIY Leprechaun Trap for Kids, a tutorial featured by top DC mommy blog, Baby Castan on Board

What about you? Have you ever built a leprechaun trap for kids? I would love to hear about your experience in the comments!

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Hi, I’m Melissa! I am a mama to an energetic preschooler and newborn, a wife to my amazing husband Dan, and I work full-time as a meeting planner. I started this blog because, after having my first little guy, I quickly learned that exhaustion and baby brain causes you to forget some of the amazing (sometimes horrible and sometimes wonderful) details related to the first several months of raising a baby. Realizing that we would probably have more kids in the future, I wanted to document everything, so we would remember what worked the first time around, and hopefully help other first time mamas along the way!

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