Those silly leprechauns. They love to cause mischief especially on St. Patrick’s Day. Some people have awoken to find green footprints spread around their house, confetti strewn everywhere, and their breakfast turned green! If only we could figure out a way to catch them.
It will take some reasoning skills to do it, but I think it can be done. We can build leprechaun traps. Leprechauns love shiny objects, gold, silver, rainbows, coins (real, paper, or chocolate), four leaf clovers, and riddles. It’s best to camouflage the trap so the leprechauns can’t see it. You can use a cardboard box, net, or old cans. Whatever you use, your imagination is the most important element in catching a leprechaun.
Parents, here is a fun letter from a leprechaun that you can leave by the trap in the morning for your child to find.
View Printable Leprechaun Letter
Thank you to my friend Wendy for the picture of the leprechaun trap.
I would be happy to post a picture of your child’s leprechaun trap. Please send the picture to contact @ teacherhelpforparents . com
Even Martha Stewart made a leprechaun trap. Check it out.
Have you seen the leprechaun trap cakes? A yummy take on the traditional trap. This one is from notmartha.org.
Thank you to Ellen Byron for telling me about Martha Stewart’s leprechaun trap and the leprechaun trap cakes.
St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to write limericks. Limericks will reinforce writing skills, syllables, and rhyming for your child.
Here is an example of a famous limerick by an anonymous author:
There was an old man from Peru,
Who dreamed he was eating his shoe.
He awoke in the night
With a terrible fright,
And found it was perfectly true.
Here is how to write a limerick:
Limericks are funny poems that contain five lines. The rhyming pattern is AABBA. The first, second, and fifth lines rhyme and have seven to ten syllables. The third and fourth lines rhyme and have five to seven syllables. An easy way to get started is to start with
“There once was a boy/girl named_________”
Write your limerick on the publishing paper below, decorate, and hang up in a special place.
Limerick Publishing Paper
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