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Leprechaun Trap Family Project

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Leprechaun Trap Family Project

Leprechauns are Irish fairies, and each one guards a pot of gold. If you find and catch a leprechaun, he has to give you his pot of gold. Remember Leprechauns are very hard to find and catch because they are very sneaky and smart.

It is very difficult to catch a tricky leprechaun, but you and your family can have a great deal of fun trying! Who knows maybe you’ll get lucky. The first thing you need to do is make a plan for a trap. There is no right or wrong way to build a leprechaun trap. Draw a diagram (picture) of your trap and label all the parts.
You can make your trap with a net, any type of box, a clean can, or anything else you can think of such as paper towel rolls, empty containers, tin foil, paper, string, yarn, sandwich bags, etc. How about using an old shoe? Remember, you must be clever to catch a leprechaun so give this project some time, thought and effort.

Once you plan your trap, don’t forget to add bait to help lure the leprechaun. Since Leprechauns are very greedy, one of the best things you can use for bait are coins! They especially like anything shiny and pretty like jewelry. They also love rainbows, four leaf clovers and Lucky Charms.

Make sure your trap is well disguised. It needs to blend into its surroundings or the leprechauns will not come anywhere near your trap. Give some thought as to where you will place the trap the night of St. Patrick’s Day, which is the best time to catch a leprechaun.

When your planning, drawing, and trap are done, write a paragraph describing how your trap works and then another paragraph about what you think will happen when you catch a leprechaun.

Have fun and may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Your First Grade Teacher


Dear Parents,

It is very difficult to catch a leprechaun, but sometimes your child may notice that a leprechaun has been near their trap. They will know they nearly caught one if they find some green or gold “fairy dust” around their trap. Fairy dust looks a lot like glitter.
Occasionally a leprechaun will even tease your child by leaving fake gold in the form of foil wrapped chocolates or gum in the trap, just to show how smart they are. Be sure to explain to your child how very rare it is to catch a leprechaun and let them know they must have made a very good trap if the leprechauns have been looking around it.
The best time to catch a leprechaun is the night of St. Patrick’s Day when they have been celebrating and aren’t being quite as careful.
There are many great ideas and examples on the internet. Send in the trap on Wednesday, March 14th. We will send it right back home, so you will have your trap for St Patrick’s Day. Maybe you will be lucky and lure one into your lad’s or lassie’s trap.
The drawings and writing are due on Wednesday too. We will be sharing them in class.

Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy this time with your child!

Your First Grader’s Teacher

This is a diagram of my Leprechaun Trap
Be sure you make the diagram (picture) big enough for me to see. You must also label (Write the name) of each part. Show me how the trap works and where you will place the ‘bait’.

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