We celebrate St. Patrick's Day every year on March 17th by trying to catch that elusive wee Irish fairy called a leprechaun and aye, leprechauns have been mixing mischief and mayhem for years. Legend has it that leprechauns have a pot of gold stashed for a rainy day -- not quite a 401K, but good enough for a little green guy. Begin your preschooler's introduction of leprechauns with a story about the many fables surrounding these mischievous mythical creatures.
1 Read "Laura and the Leprechauns" by Amber T. Kingston, about believing in leprechauns. Laura is told that leprechauns aren't real, so she decides to find out on her own.
2 Cut out a 4-inch by 4-inch door for the leprechaun and put gold plastic coins inside the box, to build a leprechaun trap from a shoe box. Ask your child to and cover the box with glitter glue and stick on a few gold coins, because leprechaun's love shiny stuff. Sneak a few coins out of the box every once in a while and replace them with leaves and twigs from the yard.
3 Read "Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun" by Sean Callahan about a little girl who gets a visit from an unlikely leprechaun.
4 Sing the Eensy, Weensy Leprechaun song to the Eensy, Weensy Spider tune: Eensy, weensy leprechaun, came out St. Patrick's Day. To look for the gold, that was hidden far away. Over the rainbow, was where he would go, so with a wink of his green eye, he ran to get the gold.
5 Add a few drops of green food coloring in mashed potatoes, to make some leprechaun fare for dinner. Serve green gelatin and top with whipped cream for dessert.
6 Take your preschooler for a walk to look for the leprechaun. Be sneaky and leave a few gold plastic coins where your preschooler can find them.
7 Squeeze a few drops of green food coloring in all of the toilets in your home and make a fuss about how the leprechaun went potty, yea!!!!
Items you will need
- "Laura and the Leprechauns" by Amber T. Kingston
- "Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun" by Sean Callahan
- Green shirts for you and your child
- Shoe box
- Handful of plastic gold coins
- Glitter glue
- Handful of leaves and twigs from the yard
- Green food coloring
- Green gelatin
- Whipped cream
- Make your wee little leprechaun out to be a jovial, friendly fellow. You certainly don’t want your preschooler thinking some creepy green guy is going to be lurking around his house at night; you might just give him nightmares!
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