The Easy DIY Leprechaun Trap for Kindergarten pairs with the book, “How to Catch a Leprechaun,” by Adam Wallace. Have fun sharing the book, then get into a serious STEM activity by challenging students to come up with their own leprechaun trap ideas and put them into action. Set them out the night before St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy the excitement the next morning.

– Life Over C's Simple leprechaun trap school project made from coffee can

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Leprechaun Trap STEM Experiment Supplies:

  • Empty and clean coffee container
  • Green construction paper
  • Green paper shred
  • Gold coins
  • Shamrock beads
  • Glittery foam shapes
  • Glittery shamrocks
  • Yellow popsicle sticks
  • Mini popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Oh, those sneaky little leprechauns! As a parent and a teacher, I find St. Patrick’s Day fun hard to resist! I’ve seen it all, from green toilet water to leprechaun footprints going up the walls of classrooms. It’s not hard to engage children with these mysterious little creatures, and if I’m being honest it’s super fun for us adults, too!

Learning About A Leprechaun Trap Project:

EASY LEPRECHAUN TRAPS AND SIMPLE STEM ACTIVITIES

REGARDLESS OF THE THEME, STEM ACTIVITIES IN KINDERGARTEN ALLOW CHILDREN TO EXPLORE IMPORTANT CONCEPTS WHILE USING PROBLEM-SOLVING AND CREATIVITY.

As students come up with different ways on how to trap a leprechaun, they will engage key skills like planning, building, problem-solving, and creativity.

Simple leprechaun traps are such a fun extension of the book, “How to Catch a Leprechaun,” or “The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day.”

Making the catch a leprechaun traps really don’t require special supplies, other than maybe gold coins or Lucky Charms. Really, you can use the craft supplies you have lying around for students to get creative.

The kindergarten leprechaun trap idea project is best to complete just a couple days before the special holiday. You won’t believe the excitement that ensues on the days leading up to a fun St. Patrick’s Day.

In addition to learning about how to make a leprechaun trap, students will use many important thinking and reasoning skills. Encourage thought with questions that really get kids wondering:

  • How will you lure your leprechaun into the trap?
  • What will ensure he can’t get out?
  • What will you say to him once he’s caught?
  • Do leprechauns like sweet things? Free Gold? Glitter? Green?
– Life Over C's Easy leprechaun trap made from coffee can for St. Patrick's Day

What Can Kindergarteners Learn From Building a Leprechaun Trap?

LEPRECHAUN TRAP SCHOOL PROJECTS AND MORE

LEPRECHAUN TRAP IDEAS FOR KINDERGARTEN STRETCH WAY BEYOND THE MARCH HOLIDAY. REGARDLESS OF THEME, YOUR STUDENTS WILL BUILD IMPORTANT THINKING SKILLS WHILE MAKING THEIR ST. PATTY’S DAY LEPRECHAUN TRAPS.

  • Problem-solving
  • Creativity
  • Vocabulary/Language
  • Reasoning
  • Planning
  • Collaboration/Cooperation

How Do STEM Investigations Kids To Solve Problems?

Kids love leprechauns, creating and experimenting. There are also many other reasons you should plan STEM activities.

Develop Creativity: Planning and building a special trap activates creativity. How can you turn a shoe box/cereal box into a trap? What materials are best? How could he possibly get out?

Opportunity for Collaboration: STEM projects, like leprechaun trap ideas for kids, are a great way to work with other children to share ideas, adjust, and collaborate on a special project.

Improve Vocabulary: Depending on the subject matter of the STEM activity, it’s a great way to introduce and practice new vocabulary words. Perhaps your students aren’t familiar with terms like “capture,” “lure,” or “entice.”

Improve Planning Skills: Any great leprechaun trap needs a plan! STEM projects walk kids through the scientific process by planning, testing, and seeing the results of the experiment. Sketching what they want the trap to look like is a great way to plan in kindergarten.

How To Make a Leprechaun Trap

Making the DIY Leprechaun Trap

Supplies:

  • Empty and clean coffee container
  • Green construction paper
  • Green paper shred
  • Gold coins
  • Shamrock beads
  • Glittery foam shapes
  • Glittery shamrocks
  • Yellow popsicle sticks
  • Mini popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Steps:

  1. Cover the coffee container with construction paper. You can glue the paper to the container or tape it. 
  2. Fill the container with paper shred about ¾ full. 
  3. Add a few foam shapes and gold coins in the container. 
  4. Glue or tape a shamrock and gold coins to the lid of the container. Use strong tape to attach the lid to the container.
  5. Use a popsicle stick to pry the lid open on the container. You can set the popsicle stick on top of a few items (I used the foam gold coins) to help it to stay propped up. 
  6. To create the ladder, use two yellow popsicle sticks (or pipe cleaners. Glue mini popsicle sticks to the back. Set aside to dry. Once dry, prop the ladder up against the container.
  7. Place other shiny gold or green objects around the container and set out to try to catch a Leprechaun! 

NOTE: Consider leaving something inside the trap for children to find the next day, like a pot of gold filled with chocolate coins, or the hat a leprechaun trap left behind.

Leprechaun Trap Extended Learning Opportunities

Storytelling: After sharing the book and creating a trap, it’s the perfect time for kids to engage in some creative storytelling about how their leprechaun is lured to their trap, or how he reacts once he’s trapped.

Write it Down: Use printed sentence strips, or have children write their own sentences of the step-by-step process to make a leprechaun trap.

More Science: When the leprechauns are trapped (or not) and the holiday is over, use the old traps for scientific exploration before tossing them. How much weight can they hold? What happens if they get wet? If we put a light inside, does it peak out of the cracks?

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– Life Over C's Simple leprechaun trap school project made from coffee can, gold coins, and shamrock decorations

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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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