My students had been asking me, starting two weeks before St. Patrick’s Day, if the leprechaun was going to visit. THE leprechaun. As in, he “visits every year and we can’t catch him,” type of leprechaun. I hadn’t actually thought about it before they began mentioning it, but I figured it couldn’t hurt, right?
I decided that my kiddos could each make their own leprechaun traps, and sent a note home to parents.
The packet on planning a leprechaun visit can be found here:
I was shocked and pleasantly surprised when the leprechaun traps started coming in! My students had gone all out on their traps, and had really taken it seriously. Apparently third graders still believe in leprechauns, so I completely hyped it up for them.
The night before St. Patrick’s Day, I trashed our classroom. And by trashed, I mean, turned desks upside down, pulled tons of books from the shelves, made glitter trails on the floor between traps – which was a bad idea, and I don’t recommend. We’re STILL vacuuming up glitter. I had even put my fingertips in green paint and “walked” around my students’ desks and wrote a note on our board with my left hand, so they couldn’t recognize my handwriting.
When the kids came in, I told them the leprechauns must have been upset that we tried to catch them with our traps, and they decided to get back at us by destroying our classroom. Some of my kids literally screamed when they walked in. Seeing their faces was the best part of the whole thing!
Check out our traps and our classroom!