Building traps to catch Lenny the Leprechaun in preschool

The children are preparing traps for Lenny the Leprechaun at our school…

I haven’t ever tried this myself so it was interesting listening to the teachers tell the children about how Lenny the Leprechaun is a trouble maker and causes big messes wherever he goes…



To catch Lenny the Leprechaun, the children have been creating Lenny the Leprechaun traps out of different sized boxes…

The traps need to be green because Lenny likes the color green best…


And for a little bait – the children added some Lucky Charms that lead to a pot of gold…

With all of this hard work, Lenny the Leprechaun is sure to be caught on St. Patrick’s Day but who knows what kinds of trouble he will cause between now and then!

Here are some ideas for making St. Patrick’s day fun…

Make a set of Leprechaun ears from Almost Unschoolers!

Have fun with hand print leprechauns from Meet the Dubiens!

Learn 10 Fun Facts about St. Patrick’s day from Projects for Preschoolers!

Sing some St. Patrick’s Day songs from Music for Special Kids!

Make this paper tube leprechaun and paper plate leprechaun from Moments of Mommyhood!

And enjoy a Rainbow Frizzy from Casa Comancho!

By |2011-03-12T18:48:13+00:00March 12th, 2011|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Projects for Preschoolers March 13, 2011 at 1:29 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing a link to our St. Patrick’s Day facts page. I love all the projects you share. We’re going to have to try to make a Lenny trap in my house too!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 13, 2011 at 10:43 am - Reply

      Thank you for putting together all those fun and simple facts:)

  2. Daycare Crafts March 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    LOVE the traps for the leprechaun idea. You are so creative!!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm - Reply

      I wish I could take credit Angela but I have to give all the credit to our creative teachers:)

  3. KM March 14, 2011 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    SO DARLING and adorable!!! You have such creative students and teachers… and my guess is (even though you say you can’t take credit) is that YOU ARE THE MEGA CREATIVE MASTERMIND!!!! My 6 year old loves to leave notes and treats inside his trap (hotel). on st. patty’s day he usually finds that little green guy has a left a nice two dollar tip.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Wow – that is my kind of little green guy:) How fun and generous!

  4. Christine September 17, 2011 at 10:46 am - Reply

    I like your leprechaun idea! In our class we make leprechaun finders (like magnifying glasses) and leprechaun hats (made from inverted plastic green bowls and glitter, which have been hole punched and elastic put through to hold the hat in place) Ahead of time I take plastic gold coins and trail them (with tape and announcing to the building they are not to be picked up!) all over the building on the floor for the kiddos to follow. At the end of the trail is a cauldron filled with all kinds of green and gold things donated by parents. Taped to the cauldron is a picture of a leprechaun and a poem that goes, “Ha, ha, ha; hee, hee. hee. I knew, I knew you couldn’t catch me! You looked so hard and got so hot, so you can have what’s in my pot!” We take the cauldron back to the room and sort out the goodies. It is one of our favorite activities of the year!

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