My friend Maegen shared this with her readers on Sounds Fun Mom, a wonderful resource for families in the Puget Sound area around Seattle. If you have friends out there, make sure they know about Sounds Fun Mom!
St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday, which means you’ll want to be building your leprechaun traps.
Never tried to trap a leprechaun? You can see some truly beautiful projects here in the article at Family Fun that I think sparked the whole craze. Quite frankly, our kids’ trap usually looks like a hot mess of cardboard, duct tape, and whatever else the boys found in the recycling bin. It doesn’t matter, though. They have crazy fun making it every year.
The basic idea is that you design some sort of box that a little leprechaun might be lured into. Bait varies …. I know some kids who swear by Lucky Charms, and some who try to construct a cozy-looking moss bed. At our house, we always try pistachio pudding. We’ve yet to catch one, but we usually find some chocolate gold coins he’s left behind. At other houses the little guys don’t leave treats but do plenty of mischief-like turning the toilet bowl water green. Leprechauns!