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.
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.
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.
Read "Shannon and the World's Tallest Leprechaun" by Sean Callahan about a little girl who gets a visit from an unlikely leprechaun.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!