We’ve done this for the last few years. I can’t wait to work on our “trap” next week and get our kids ready for a visit from a tiny Leprechaun. 🙂
Here’s my story to our kids: Every year on the night before St. Patrick’s Day, a special leprechaun visits children and sprinkles a little dust on their foreheads to keep them growing. Of course, we can’t just let him spread his glitter and leave, we need to try to catch him! I have heard that leprechauns are VERY small so we will create a tiny trap and bate it with a raw potato (because the Irish love their potatoes) and some gold coins.
So a few days before the St. Patrick’s Day, we make a trap using an old tissue box. We used green and yellow construction paper and some stickers and crayons to “pretty it up”. I can imagine this will become quite the event in a few years complete with rhinestones, glitter and LOTS of glue.
Right before bed on St. Patrick’s Day Eve I’ll tell the kids that we need to set the trap in a good place where the leprechaun would see it. Think foyer, fireplace, windows…etc.
Then we wake up in the morning to something like this:
We caught a leprechaun! But he ate through our trap and escaped. Never fear…he accidentally left his hat, jewelry and a few gold (chocolate) coins. He also left his pet duck. LOL. Layla gets SO excited about this, I can’t wait to see how she reacts this year! And I can’t wait until Jack can really get in on the action too.