Easy Leprechaun Trap Ideas for Kids


6 Easy Leprechaun Trap Ideas for Kids

This Saint Patrick’s Day, you can start a new tradition with your kids by setting a Leprechaun Trap and trying to catch a Leprechaun!

See below for 6 Easy Leprechaun Trap Ideas for Kids.  This is a perfect family time activity, especially while the kids are at home from school this week.  You likely have all the materials you need on hand and this is the perfect opportunity to get creative and pass the time with the littles!

Now let me warn you, Leprechauns are super smart, very mischievous and catching one is tougher than you may think.

How to Catch a Leprechaun?

Leprechauns make their appearance on the evening before or the day of St. Patrick’s Day, therefore, you’ll need to get started on the trap right away!  Leprechauns are always looking for gold – so that should be the main attraction in the trap, but Leprechauns can also be lured into the trap with their favorite foods and anything shiny and sparkly.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind when trapping a Leprechaun.  First, you need to have a box to contain them, second, you need to lure them with something sparkly (like gold or candy) and third you need to trap them, so you need to think through all three components while building your trap.

What Do Leprechauns Like to Eat?

According to my children, Leprechauns love erasers, Lucky Charms, and rainbow-colored foods like jelly beans, Skittles and Starburst candy.  They’ve also been known to be lured by Goldfish crackers.  Who knew?

Easy Leprechaun Traps


My children’s creation- a rainbow trail made out construction paper, scattered with goldfish and sparkly craft accessories lead to a tower with a rainbow ladder, a sign for free gold and lots of jewel embellishments.  As soon as the leprechaun tries to get the goods, he will fall through the hole in the can where he will be trapped!


Entice the Leprechauns into a Leprechaun Garden with a rainbow and a pot of gold.  When he climbs the ladder, you can pull it out from underneath him and trap him before he gets the gold.   Get the details on this fabulous Leprechaun Trap from Louise at Messy Little Monster.


This Golden Resort Trap is sure to lure a Leprechaun with it’s colorful and sparkly accessories and entertaining activities like a rainbow cafe and lazy river tube rentals.   Get the complete instructions for this trap from Moms and Munchkins here.


This Lego Leprechaun Trap is a perfect hands-on activity for your lego loving kids.  Let them get creative with legos and build their own trap glittered with gold coins, a rainbow and the ultimate prize, a pot of gold.  Get the complete instructions on this fabulous creation from A Blonde and 3 Boys here.


Use a shadow box decorated with sparkly green clovers and rainbow-colored candy to lure the Leprechaun to a gold chest of rainbow-colored candy and add a ladder for the ultimate prize, the gold coins in the glass box.  Get this cute idea and others from Moms and Munchkins here.


Lure the Leprechaun by creating a walking rainbow, adding a painted green shamrock leaf to a house and enticing it with a free gold sign and gold coins.  This DIY Leprechaun Trap from Gen Y Mama is perfect for those preschool-age kids to make with a little help.  Get the complete instructions here.

leprechaun lookers

Help the kiddos be on the lookout for those feisty Leprechauns with these adorable Leprechaun Lookers.  Use up extra toilet paper rolls you have on hand and let your kids decorate them using craft supplies you have on hand.  Glue them together and tie a string for them to wear around their necks so they can be sure to spot the Leprechaun when he makes his move!  Visit LoveYourLittles.com to get the complete technique for making the Leprechaun Lookers.

Want to make your own unique leprechaun trap creation? Here are some supply suggestions:

  • LEGO
  • Empty boxes
  • Popsicle sticks
  • String
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Cotton Balls
  • Laundry basket
  • Empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
  • Chocolate or plastic gold coins
  • Green stickers
  • Glitter
  • Sparkly Beads
  • Lucky Charms cereal
  • Dominos
  • Blocks
  • Rainbow candies like Starburst, Skittles, gummy candies or jelly beans and Rainbow Goldfish crackers
  • Holiday decorations

Like I mentioned earlier, leprechauns are very smart and are not easily tricked. Don’t be surprised if you wake up to a messy house from those mischievous Leprechauns.  We once had all our furniture turned upside down and chairs on tables when we last tried to trap a Leprechaun and failed.

You may also find notes, green glitter, little green footprints, green coloring in the toilet and shamrock confetti scattered around the traps which means they have been there!

Have you ever created a leprechaun trap? Did it work? Do you have any leprechaun trap ideas to share with the rest of us?

Happy Trap Building!


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