Last week my son’s kindergarten teacher sent home a note to all the parents. Apparently my son’s classroom has been invaded by a mischievous little Leprechaun who has been disrupting the classroom such as knocking over chairs and leaving books out! In order to catch the leprechaun, the class is going to put out traps to try to get his pot of gold! All the children were asked to use their cleverness, ingenuity and of course, some help from mom and dad, to make their own leprechaun trap and bring it to school this week.
After doing a little research on Pinterest – my son and I came up with the basic idea/design for his trap and we hit the craft store for supplies. We spent part of yesterday morning working on his masterpiece. Here’s his finished trap, not too shabby!
Here’s how we did it:
1 cardboard box
1 20×12 sheet of green flexible craft foam (such as Foamtastic sheets)
1 8 ½ x 11 piece green felt
1 8 ½ x11 sheet of green glittery sticky back foam sheets
1 roll of green masking or Duck tape
3 pieces of pipe cleaner
5 pieces of colored construction paper, 1 piece each of red, orange, yellow, green & blue
12 Jumbo size cotton balls
Various St. Patrick’s Day plastic table decorations – gold coins, shamrocks, green hats with gold buckles, pots of gold, gold sparkles, etc.
Safety scissors for my son & adult scissors for me
For our trap, we recycled a medium-sized box we got from a recent Amazon shipment. Any box, from an empty tissue box to an old shoe box would work just as well. Before sealing up the box with the green Duck tape, I cut a small square hole into top of the box near the middle to make the trap door (I did this part since it required adult scissors to cut thru the stiff cardboard).
We covered the longest part of the box by wrapping it with the green flexible foam and securing with a hot glue gun. We sealed the edges of the flexible foam to the box by using the green Duck tape.
Next we hot glued pieces of green felt to cover each of two smaller panels of the box. We again sealed the edges of the felt to the box by using the green Duck tape.
For the top of the box, cut two strips of the green glittery sticky back foam sheet and place on the outer sides of the box. Cut two smaller sizes (to size) and place over the trap door flaps, so they can open up easily.
Onto the rainbow! Measuring to make sure that the rainbow would be as wide as the longest side of the box, we cut semi-circles out of the colored construction paper in progressively smaller sizes and then glued them one on top of the other from biggest to smallest. We used use hot glue to secure the rainbow to the back of the box.
To make clouds, we used cotton balls and pulled them apart just a bit to give them a more airy appearance. We hot glued them at the base of where the box and rainbow met.
Now it was time to decorate the trap. We hot glued various St. Patty’s decorations such as gold coins, plastic shamrocks, little green sparkly hats (my son even glued a gold coin to each one) and some stickers to the box.
We made a ladder out of pipe cleaners so the leprechaun can climb on up to the top of the trap and secured it to the front of the box using hot glue.
This craft took us just a little over an hour to do from start to finish. There wasn’t too much of a mess to clean up afterwards either since we didn’t paint.
Not to be outdone, my daughter and The Hubs and they made their own trap!
I guess we’re now totally prepared to catch that leprechaun and keep his pot of gold!
Now it’s your turn to share. How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day — do you go to a parade or eat corned beef & cabbage?
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