Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Catching Leprechauns

Eight more days, well actually seven. That's how many more days my boys and I have until we perfect our leprechaun trap. When my oldest child was in kindergarten a couple of years ago, his class, led by an amazing teacher, made a leprechaun trap. You see, the week leading up to St. Patrick's Day, someone kept coming into their classroom at the oddest times, when the kids were at recess or lunch, and would trash the place... papers on the floor, disheveled books, chairs fallen over... The teacher told the class that in the past, she had problems with tiny leprechauns sneaking into her classroom around St. Patrick's Day looking for a place to hide his gold. So the children built the a trap, hoping to catch the leprechaun AND his gold. Sadly, the children didn't catch any leprechauns that year.

Last year, my boys and I constructed our own leprechaun trap. We took an old box and covered the top with paper, in hopes that the leprechaun would fall through and be trapped. My oldest child even drew a picture on the outside of the box telling the leprechaun that there was gold inside. Alas, the little bugger escaped our trap, left a trail of green behind and some gold-wrapped chocolates and a cute poem for the boys.

This St. Patrick's Day, my boys are a little older, a little wiser and a lot craftier. I'm hoping we can construct the perfect leprechaun trap. We've got mere days to start. I wonder what our little friend will leave us this year? *wink*


  1. That's cute. :) My boys would probably be afraid of leprechauns. They go around all the time talking about ghostes (that's how they pronounce it) and my 4-year old is now having frequent bedtime potty accidents because he's afraid of the dark and doesn't want to get up to go to the bathroom.

  2. Do you have some "Go Away Monster Spray?" I have a big thing of linen spray that I call our Go Away Monster Spray. I haven't had to use it in many months, but when they have trouble sleeping. I get the bottle out and spray the room and tell them that it's like bug spray for monsters and all other scary things. It totally works.

    As for the Leprechauns, they were a little freaked out last year, but in a good way. I had to assure them that leprechauns never go near people because they are afraid someone will steal their gold. So they would never ever go into our rooms at night. We also are about to start reading the Magic Treehouse book Leprechaun in Late Winter each night before St. Patrick's Day.