Every year leprechauns spread chaos and leave small green footprints in classrooms and kitchens everywhere! Well, enough is enough! We decided that we needed to create a leprechaun trap to catch the one that visits our house. I thought I would walk you through the steps we went through to create our trap so, you can create a trap to try to catch the leprechauns that visit you.
Steps for Creating a Leprechaun Trap
Taking the time to plan just what your leprechaun trap will look like is key. You can have your children draw out a plan on paper or use the leprechaun trap planning document. It really doesn’t matter which of these two ways you select. The steps you will need to use to plan will be the same either way.
- Look over the materials you have to create the trap with. A box or crate is great base for your trap.
- Think over what simple machines you could use in your trap. (pulley, screw, lever, inclined plane, wedge, or wheel and axle) Simple machines can really help the actions in a trap move easily.
- Decide if you want to trap your leprechaun under something or move him off the ground the way we did with our trap.
- Figure out what you will used to get a leprechaun’s attention and draw him or her into the trap.
Draw Your Trap on Paper
After visualizing your trap on paper, it is important to draw it. We like to draw planned creations in pencil. Pencil is easy to erase! Sometimes plans change as they are draw. It is really nice to be able to make changes on a drawing and not feel that you have to start again on another piece of paper.
Make a List of the Supplies You Need
It is important to make a list of all the supplies you need to make your trap. Having everything you need ready to go will insure that you won’t have to revise your plan. After looking at the supplies you have on hand, you may decide you have to buy a few items on your list. We try to create with what we have on hand. If we don’t have something, we often revise plans and use a different creation supply.
Build Your Trap
Now you are ready to dig and start building. You have your supplies ready and your plan done. We started our trap several days before St. Patrick’s Day to make sure we had plenty of time. You may decide to make this a St. Patrick’s Day Eve activity!
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If you create a leprechaun trap, please leave me a comment below telling me about it or share a picture of it on my Facebook page.