Leprechaun Traps (Teacher Tip)
Getting Ready for St. Patrick's Day
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5
At our school, kindergarten students are given a problem-solving activity that they create at home. The students gather together all kinds of scrap materials to make the perfect trap to catch a sneaky leprechaun. Students have used small boxes, bags, spools, straw, yarn, string, paper cups, glitter, hair rollers, plastic spoons, pieces of wood, bait such as chocolate gold coins, cardboard, warning signs, and anything sticky such as shiny tape. They need to decide how to attract a leprechaun to the trap and sketch out their plan. I tell students that leprechauns are sneaky fellows so you need to be clever, smart and tricky! I also have the students present their traps for share time. They need to explain how their trap works and do a demonstration.