St. Patrick’s Day is a really fun holiday in this house. This little tradition of ours (passed down from a coworker of my Mom’s) is hilarious- the kids get the biggest kick out it! Every year the kids try to catch a Leprechaun. This Leprechaun trap was probably my favorite until this year. Layla wanted to go ALL OUT because she WILL catch that Leprechaun- she’s been drawing up plans for weeks, she’s going to get that gold!
Jack is not so much into crafts and drawing. He IS into capturing critters so he decided he’d help us make the trap…until he realized that part of helping meant decorating. I cut construction paper
squares to fit the sides of our tissue box and gave each of the kids 2 to decorate. Stamp markers will hold his interest for a bit so I decided to let him decorate his sides with those. The ones pictured are from IKEA but Crayola makes great washable ones too.
He was doing great until he realized I was letting Layla use her scented markers and he decided to see what his blue stamp marker might TASTE like.
And then he was done. Layla colored her squares with scented markers so the Leprechaun would smell the bait. Then she used some glitter glue so he’d think the trap was pretty and want to look at it.
After all our newly decorated paper dried (there was a LOT of glitter glue used), we worked on gluing the sides onto our tissue box. I’m so proud of the below picture because Layla took it. I adjusted all the settings for her and she held the camera with steady hands, focused and snapped. She was pretty proud of herself too and couldn’t wait to see how it turned out. 🙂
My husband had to hang our trap last night because he won’t see the kids today and they wanted to help. In previous years we’ve just set the box close to a window but this year Layla didn’t want to leave anything to chance…she’s basically already spent that Leprechaun’s gold. So now we have a box hanging from a fishing pole with a counter weight in our kitchen.
Tonight our little Leprechaun will visit and try to sneak through our house sight unseen. But I know two little kids that can’t wait to wake up tomorrow and
torture play with a new friend. I wonder what Leprechauns eat and what they like to watch on Netflix.