The leprechaun, a tiny elf from Irish folklore, is said to love gold coins, shamrocks, rainbows and anything green. According to legend, if a human succeeds in catching one of these little green men, the leprechaun will grant you three wishes, or even give you his pot of gold. Building leprechaun traps for St. Patrick’s Day wraps a STEM lesson and a fun activity into a family tradition. Then, once the trap is set, delight your kids with leprechaun tricks around the house, and then celebrate with treats!
Rainbow leprechaun trap
Pauline of the Club Chica Circle blog created this bright rainbow trap out of colored craft sticks. We especially love the candy steps which will surely lure a leprechaun into her trap! Check out the blog post for her super-easy instructions to make your own.
Shamrock leprechaun trap
Dinah of the DIY Inspired blog made this beautiful trap with her daughter. What leprechaun could resist the gold coins, rainbows and shamrocks? When he runs under the box to get the chocolate gold coins, the box will fall and trap the trickster.
Leprechaun trap how-to
For an inspiring tutorial on how to begin building a leprechaun trap, look no further than this blog post from JDaniels4Mom! Deirdre, the blog author, takes you through the steps from gathering supplies to putting it all together. She offers lots of other ideas from around the blogosphere as well!
Rainbow cupcakes — pot of gold included!
Could these rainbow cupcakes from the Skip to My Lou blog be any more beautiful? And no one has to know how easy these treats were to make, right? Follow the directions on the post below for a professional decorator look. Gold sugar might be hard to find for the pots of gold, here’s an option for purchasing this decor item on Amazon.
St. Patrick’s Day printables
If you are throwing a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, or just want to get coloring sheets for your kiddos, Cindy of the Skip To My Lou blog has what you need. From an Anti-Pinch Polish tag to embellish a bottle of green nail polish for your tween, to a colorful banner to brighten your home, choose from eight free printables. Thanks, Cindy!
When night falls and your little ones sleep, the mischief-making leprechauns are everywhere! Finding leprechaun footprints in places where those tiny shoemakers created chaos will delight the kids. Krissy of the B-Inspired Mama blog shows you just how to make those prints, just be sure to use washable paint!
Rainbow rice treasure box
For kids that love to dig for treasure, this sensory activity is fun for St. Patrick’s Day — or any time! Hide gold coins, shamrocks and other treasure in rainbow colored rice, and keep the kids busy! Head on over to the Modern Parents Messy Kids blog for instructions.
Copycat shamrock shake
If you and your family enjoy Shamrock Shakes from McDonald's in March each year, here’s a way to make this yummy treat at home. JB of the blog 16th and Bliss offers this copycat recipe. Not only is it less expensive to make shakes at home, it only has five ingredients — making it healthier too!
Leprechaun lunch box jokes
These printable St. Patrick’s Day jokes will leave your little leprechauns giggling. The notes from the Coupons Are Great blog could also be tucked into pillowcases, hidden in shoes or taped to the bathroom mirror to make anyone smile. Click on the the Coupons are Great link for your free printables.
St. Patrick’s Day popcorn balls
For a lucky snack, try these St. Patrick’s Day popcorn balls. Ashlyn of the Belle of the Kitchen blog dressed up regular popcorn balls by adding marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal. She adds another special ingredient to cook up this deliciousness, but you’ll have to read her blog post to discover her secret!
Lucky leprechaun treats
Need a goodie bag idea for a St Paddy’s Day party or school function? Check out these lucky leprechaun treats. Easy to put together and full of leprechaun charm, kids will feel lucky when they find the pots of gold under the rainbows in these packages!
Last-minute St. Patrick’s Day fun
Even if you barely have time to read this article, you can pull off one or two of these last-minute St. Patrick’s Day tricks or treats! The Events to Celebrate blog has lots of ideas for a mini celebration. From turning the house topsy turvy, to creating a Leprechaun Treasure box, this blog post offers lots of inspiration.
This article was updated on March 6, 2017.