Yesterday, at the very last minute, my youngest 2 kids made a leprechaun trap. There was much serious discussion about how to capture the leprechaun. One child suggested a motor. Another wasn’t sure how the leprechaun would get in the house. Do they come down the chimney like Santa? In the end, we decided on a basic trap with chocolate gold coins to temp the leprechaun, and a cardboard tube for an extra challenge for the leprechaun.
To find out what happens with the leprechaun trap today, check my Instagram feed.
We used one of my running shoe boxes since they have an attached lid. At one of the box is a cut out for carrying the box. This became the entrance to the trap.
After wrapping the box in some festive wrapping paper, my youngest decorated the box with glittery stickers I had found at A.C. Moore. He wanted to glue the chocolate gold coins on the outside of the box, however, his older sister nixed that idea. As older sisters sometimes do.
Both kids filled the box with the gold coins, and received a chocolate gold coin as a reward for their hard work. (We found the chocolate gold coins at Giant in the bulk food section.)
After the box was decorated and filled with coins, we decided to tape a cardboard tube to the entrance to the trap. We wanted to make it just a bit harder for the leprechaun to get into the box.
To help the leprechaun find the box, we propped it up with the end of the tube against the window. In case the leprechaun had problems finding the trap, my daughter made a sign and taped it to the window. I’m not sure why she taped a tissue under neath the sign.
Yes, leprechauns, there’s gold in the tube. Or are we trying to trick you…..