Leprechaun traps are a fun and engaging STEAM activity that the kids will love this St. Patrick’s Day! The legends tell us that they hide pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, and if you catch one, they’ll tell you where they hid their gold!
Leprechauns are known to be clever creatures and they love to play tricks on humans. However, they also love gold and anything shiny, so if you make a great trap, you may just catch one.
To begin, we will share a few classic trap ideas and our then ten of our favorite leprechaun trap ideas that you can try out this St. Patrick’s Day.
While making a leprechaun trap, kids will be engaged in lots of STEAM learning and fun – science, engineering, art and even math can all be a part of building a cool leprechaun trap.
Just grab some household items, craft supplies and gold coins or shiny objects and invite the kids to catch a leprechaun this St. Patrick’s Day!
After you finish creating your trap, here are some more great St. Patrick’s Day activities for kids!
Classic Leprechaun Trap Ideas
Leprechauns follow rainbows to find their pots of gold, so use this to your advantage. You can make a colorful rainbow path with paper and markers. Place it leading up to a pot of gold made from some construction paper. Place the pot on top of a box and attach a string to the pot. When the leprechaun takes the gold, the box will tip over and catch it! You can decorate the box with decorations, shamrocks, candy, or anything else creative that your kids come up with.
The ladder trap is another great classic. Get a small ladder and place it next to the pot of gold. Tie a string to the top of the ladder and attach it to some green confetti or paint. When the leprechaun climbs up to get the gold, the bucket will fall and cover the leprechaun in green! This trap is sure to be fun and your kids can decorate the ladder and bucket.
- The St. Patrick’s Day Party Trap
Set up a St. Patrick’s Day party for leprechauns with shamrocks, a pot of gold and lots of decorations! Place a net over the pot of gold and when the leprechaun tries to take the gold they will get caught in the net! Make the party as festive as you like with candy, jellybeans, streamers, snacks and anything else your kids can think of to get the leprechaun to take the bait.
Another popular classic! Take an old shoebox and place it upside down. Then put some gold coins inside of it. When the leprechauns try to take the coins inside the shoebox they will get stuck. Add decorations to make it even more attractive to the leprechaun!
Build a bridge out of construction paper and place it over a bucket of green confetti. When the leprechaun crosses the bridge, it will collapse, and the leprechaun will fall into the bucket of green confetti. This trap is super fun and you can have your students decorate this to make it more enticing to the leprechaun!
Our Favorite Leprechaun Traps for Kids
This Golden Resort trap idea is so creative! – via Moms & Munchkins
Do your kids love LEGO? If so, they will absolutely love this LEGO leprechaun trap! – via Little Bins for Little Hands
Most of us have access to a cereal box, which makes this cereal box leprechaun trap easy and fun to make! – via Crafts By Amanda
We love this shoebox leprechaun trap! – via Buggy and Buddy
This fun leprechaun trap idea uses an orange crate! – via JDaniel4’s Mom
Make a leprechaun trap mini garden with this beautiful activity! – via Little Bins for Little Hands
This leprechaun hat trap is simple and fun and is sure to catch a leprechaun! – via the Best Ideas for Kids
Here is an awesome bucket leprechaun trap idea! – via Planning Playtime
This leprechaun shoebox trap idea is so creative and pretty – via Mommy Evolution
This sparkling leprechaun trap idea is so pretty! – via B-Inspired Mama
We hope you find lots of awesome ideas for the kids to use to make leprechaun traps! This cool STEAM activity is sure to be a hit this St. Patrick’s Day!