First – Leprechauns love GREEN! In order to lure them to your trap, you must use green. It reminds them of the rolling green hills from their Ireland home that is so far away!
Second – Leprechauns are pretty CLEVER, so you have to be tricky. We like to hang signs that say things like, “Leprechauns Welcome” or “This is not a trap!” We have even tried to make ours look like a little Leprechaun home.
Third – Just like any magical creature, leprechauns love sweets. So leave a treat of some kind. We like to leave a little crumb of bread with honey. Really anything sweet works, but you know how much the little green men like gold things, so honey seems to be a good choice.
Fourth – you must make your trap. There is something about a trap from the store that tips them off. They seem to smell those traps from miles away. They won’t even get close. And every trap has to be differentor else they get suspicious! Anything you make works though! Try Legos, shoe boxes, oatmeal cartons, nets… anything! How will you trap yours?
Fifth – BAIT! You have to leave bait. What do you use for bait? Why GOLD, of course! Again, anything seems to work. The shinier the better! We have tried pennies, gold ribbon, sprinkles, honey, confetti… be careful though! Don’t use anything very valuable because, if that rascally leprechaun escapes, and chances are he will, he just might take your beautiful golden bait with him! Now, we have been lucky and our leprechaun has always left chocolate gold as a treat for us (even though they are tricky, a leprechaun is honest and fair and won’t take your gold without leaving something to trade with.) We have found gold wrapped coins, rolos, and even peanut butter cups. I have been told they sometimes leave a trail of green glitter or gold dust. And one year, he even left a tiny green footprint behind with a note that said, “Ha! Ha! Fooled you again!”
Maybe this will be our year!
Did you know that Leprechauns can grow rainbows? Read about their magical seeds andhow you can create your very own St. Patrick’s Day treat bags here. Do you have any fun St. Patty Day traditions? We’d love to hear about them!
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