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A Leprechaun Trap

For those of you who haven’t realized it until now, tomorrow is that “lucky” day. I knew it was coming up, but I hadn’t really planned anything super amazing, which I wanted to, but never seem to do.
But, I want to share with you what I did do, very last minute. So, if you are reading this now, at 11:00 on St. Patty’s Day Eve, you can still do some fun stuff for your kids in the morning. If not, file these ideas away for next year.
Before my kiddos headed to bed, my 3 year old and The Mr. made a leprechaun trap. It was very exciting, and hard for my little boy to keep his hands off.
We thought the leprechaun might like “Lucky Charms”, so we set a few in our trap to lure them in. It lured someone else in too.
After we set the trap, we made sure the kids were wearing green pajamas (so I couldn’t pinch them in the morning.) and got them to bed. Benson (my 3 year old) had to check the trap a few times to make sure nothing had set it off yet.
Once the kiddos were in bed. The leprechauns visited our house. They left green footprints all over the house!!! Thankfully, they only left their dirty green footprints on things that weren’t permanent.
Like our preschool schedule
Our calendar. (which is ooo-gly, I know.)
Molly’s oatmeal.
And look, they even left some on this paper that led toward the leprechaun trap….
Oh my goodness! They seemed to set off the trap!
And what did they leave for us? (Sorry, it’s late and dark. Bad pictures, I know.)
Some gold coins and some St. Patrick’s Day Potion.

This St. Patrick’s Day Potion is THE BEST idea! It came from my sister, Tami. Remember her? Well, Tami teaches kindergarten, and I am convinced that she is the best teacher ever, because she has awesome ideas like this:
You take a packet of green koolaid and mix it with the sugar it calls for. Then put it in a bag and leave this note with it. Then, when you add water, the “potion” turns green. That, in itself will amaze young kids. But here’s where the leprechaun plays it’s trick…. A grown up needs to drink some of the “potion”. Of course the kids will object, but because it smells so yummy and looks so good, someone like myself just couldn’t resist! All goes well for a few minutes until… “Oh, no. My legs are getting itchy. Oh, golly, I’m feeling a little weird. Oh, these legs are so itchy.” And guess what? When I pull up my pant leg, I’ve got GREEN SPOTS all over my legs. (just washable marker put on earlier).

The kids go ABSOLUTELY nuts for this. It is such a fun trick and something they’ll remember for a long time! Thanks, Tami. I’m sure it will be awesome. And happy birthday too. You’re the best sister EVER! Besides, you, Em, you’re awesome too.

Also, tomorrow will consist of everything green. Green waffles, green milk, green salad, green cake, green EVERYTHING! Lucky for me, I’ve got some green food coloring handy. Unlucky for me, I’ll be changing green diapers for a few days. Remember how I did everything RED for Valentine’s Day? (HERE)…. Yeah.
Good luck! And may the luck of the Irish be with you!



Sunday 17th of March 2013

I did it for my son who is five and he had a fun morning with it all and it was so much fun to hear all the excitement in his voice about the trap, footprints on the toilet, the magic potion was hilarious too. I think I may have freaked him out a little when he saw the spots on my legs...he was very happy to see the spots disappear. Thanks for the idea!!!! St. Patrick's Day was a success!

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Thursday 17th of March 2011

Love your trap! And, good idea with the koolaid (hehe). Good thing I read this so I would remember to get the potion ready. Can't wait to see how Benson reacts! Love it!