Saturday, March 3, 2018

Leprechaun Traps

Leprechaun traps can be such fun to make for St. Patrick's Day! ☘ This was one of those spur of the moment ideas that turned into something fabulous...don’t you just love when that happens? 

I decided to have my firsties make leprechaun traps this week.  In the past, we have sent home instructions for them to make the traps as an “at home” project and return them to school. They always come back to school super cute, with working trap doors or cups on hinges that really work when you spring the trap.  And they seriously are adorable. And they are basically made by the parents.....soooo this time I decided we were going to make them in our classroom and I am so glad that we did! The kids LOVED it. 

We started out by reading the story "How to Catch a Leprechaun"

I also found several videos on You Tube of kids making leprechaun traps and we watched a couple of those for inspiration. 

After this, we made a list of things you need to put in a leprechaun trap.  We used the technique of Interactive Writing - where the student and teacher “share the pen” and help write the chart. 

Next the firsties chose a partner.  They would be working together to create their trap.  First step, designing the trap.  The worked together to draw their trap on paper.




Finally they were ready for the fun part - making the actual trap!  I gave each pair of students a box as their base and then they went to work creating their trap.  I had all kinds of “junk” that they used to build their trap....straws, toothpicks, mini mirrors, wood scraps. pom poms, popsicle sticks, etc.  The students worked together building their traps and then we let them dry.  



The next day we painted our traps and wrote the steps for “How To Catch a Leprechaun”. 


Our finished products!

We had such a great time making these traps....if you would like to do the same in your class here’s a letter to send home with your kiddos to help you collect the things you will need for your traps. 

Looking for other great activities for St. Patrick's Day?  I have you covered! Click on the pictures below to check out some of my other St. Paddy's fun!

 March Math & Literacy Centers

 March Math & Literacy Games