Trying to Catch a Leprechaun!


So, my oldest little came home this year with tales of his friends celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day by trying to catch a Leprechaun. I was a little dumbfounded, as I had never heard of this trend. It sounded like it would be a lot of fun, so I decided to investigate.

Turning to trusty Google search, I put in “how to catch a Leprechaun.” My life changed forever as an abundance of sites, help, and suggestions popped on my screen. I felt amazed at all the resources, but as it turns out, catching Leprechauns is pretty popular.

Lots of Resources

I love to read to my littles, so I was overjoyed when children’s books were the first choices! Amazingly they were called “How to Catch a Leprechaun” by Adam Wallace and “How to Trap a Leprechaun” by Sue Fliess. Even better, Wallace has a website with resources that offers a free kit to help catch a Leprechaun. You can watch and hear Fliess’ book on You Tube.

Beyond the books, there were many sites with ideas. From 4 ways to catch a Leprechaun by wiki how, ideas from Martha Stewart, to 6 DIY Leprechaun Traps, you can spend hours looking at ideas (I swear I set a timer, it was not 3 hours).

This will be our first attempt, so I am excited to see what they decide to create and hopefully they enjoy creating the traps. My husband is so excited I think he is going to create his own. He wants to do a test run with gingerbread men so they can determine how to make them more effective.

Leprechaun Traps and More!

Ultimately, we will see what the littles decide they want to try. We might build one trap, or two, or three depending on how long it catches their interest and how creative they feel. My older tends to want to come up with his own ideas, while my younger will probably pick out one of the suggestions he sees on the websites.

I have to admit, I used to cringe at all these projects on the holidays. They seemed way too much work. I am coming around, however, as I love our Kindness Elves tradition. It can be a lot of work, but ultimately it is a lot of fun. We create amazing memories, and it brings us closer.

What are your plans for Saint Patrick’s Day? Does trying to catch a Leprechaun sound like fun? What are some of your traditions?