Leprechaun trap- I’ve seen these in a lot of places but I wasn’t sure if we would be making one. The kid is a little funny about stuff like this, in that she likes to pretend on her own but hates it if she thinks the Goblin King or I are trying to trick her in anyway. This leads to moments such as the one last year when the Kid announced to her kindergarten class that not only was Santa Claus not real but that everyone’s parents were filling their stockings and fooling them all. Sigh.
Anyway, she saw some leprechaun traps when I was on Pinterest yesterday morning and wanted to know what they were. Once I explained the concept she wanted to make one, so we did.
She drew up a plan and I modified it a little….mostly because her plan involved bringing in dirt and grass, finding a pot with some gold, paving a path, building a giant rainbow and digging a hole that the leprechaun would fall into.
First we covered a shoe box with green tissue paper and the kid drew a rainbow on a separate paper. She then cut out the rainbow and pasted onto toilet tissue rolls that had been cut and covered in tissue paper.
Once we had the rainbow up I cut a hole into the shoe box that was under it but semi-hidden too. I had planned on covering this with Easter grass but the only kind that I had was pink and purple.
We used real grass instead.
The kid painted a few small rocks yellow and then sprinkled them with gold glitter. I had made a pot using the piece of tissue roll left over. I covered it with tissue paper and we painted it black.
Once everything was dry we put the rocks into the pot and had it lay half on top of the hole we had covered with grass. The kid made a path going up to the rainbow using bits of orange construction paper. She also made a sign that we taped onto a straw and poked a hole for.
It came out great but I have a dilemma. As we were finishing up the Kid says,” If we don’t catch a leprechaun I won’t be disappointed.”
“Really? Okay, good” I said.
“Yes. I mean I will be disappointed but I don’t want you to take away the pot of gold just so I won’t be disappointed.”
“Okay but if we don’t catch a leprechaun and even if we don’t catch one and he doesn’t leave you chocolate gold coins you won’t be disappointed? Really?”
“No. Well,I will be but that’s okay it doesn’t matter- I don’t want you to buy me chocolate just so I won’t be.”
So do I or don’t I? She woke up all excited to see if she had caught a leprechaun this morning and of course she hadn’t but she restated what she had said yesterday.
I’m a little lost on what to do- and St. Patrick’s Day is you know Friday. Any advice on this or what you think about this would be great. My husband wants to go ahead and just buy the chocolate coins, take the gold away. I’m not sure! (Help!)