What is the real story of the leprechaun? Many of us have forgotten...but I know the story very well.
After reading the story about the leprechaun, you will understand why it is fun for kids to make a trap. My son made his trap this year all by himself. I recommend if you are trying to find a way to make this St. Patrick's Day special you can print out the story and make a trap. We started our trap with a cat litter box and lots of construction paper and glue.
We cut open one side of the box and added weights (aka...bubble bottles) so that it would shut when triggered.
We placed the "gold" inside to attract the leprechaun. We even put footprints to help guide the leprechaun to the gold. We used a campbell's soup can to help add weight to the back of the trap so that it wouldn't tip over when the door was open.
Notice how the string is attached to the gold?? That string is also attached to a skewer that holds the door open. When the gold is touched the door closes.
It really is amazing what can be done with a little glue and masking tape and string... Go ahead and give it a try!