What you will need:
- an empty box (large enough to fit a Leprechaun)
- a piece of cardboard (the same length as your empty box)
- multiple pieces of colorful paper
- cutting tool
- eco-friendly packing tape
- pencil and markers
- something to use as a “pot o’ gold”
- leftover yellow eco-felt
- coins and something that smells yummy (we used a stick of gum)
Step 1: Design the Trap
My son was intrigued by the idea of actually capturing a Leprechaun and insisted that he only wanted to see one and take it’s photograph. Then of course, he would release it. I asked him to sit down with pencil and paper and design the perfect trap in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. He did so with delight and your child will enjoy being the brainchild behind the project, too.
Step 2: Build the Trap
Once your child has designed the trap, get to work creating it. We taped a piece of cardboard to the back of the empty box to hold the rainbow. We also taped the empty box closed and then covered it with white office paper scraps.
Step 3: Add the Rainbow
Using scissors, let your child cut out several rainbow stripes to create a backdrop rainbow above the trap, secure with eco-friendly packing tape.
Step 4: Make the Pot o’ Gold
Cover a small cylinder shaped object for the pot o’ gold in leftover black paper scraps. We used a pencil sharpener covered in black paper, however you could use a small jar, food container or even a toilet paper roll cut in half.
Step 5: Create the Trap Doors
Place your pot o’ gold at the “end of the rainbow” and mark three places to cut the holes that the Leprechaun will fall into (while trying to steal your gold) using your cutting tool.
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