As a preschool teacher, I tried to come up with cute ideas to make St. Patrick’s Day fun for my class.
One of the things we would do is set a leprechaun trap. So I made these free printable leprechaun trap signs as an exciting way to help you set your own trap.
Setting a leprechaun trap is so much fun for kids.
They’ll be excited to try to catch that sneaky leprechaun.
This St. Patrick’s Day activity is a great way to celebrate the holiday for kids of all ages and give them knowledge of simple machines.
How To Download The Printable Leprechaun Trap Signs
Downloading the free printable leprechaun trap signs is simple.
All you have to do is click the link near the end of the post and a PDF file will open.
You can use the icons in the top right corner to print or download your free printables.
I recommend printing them on card stock to make them more sturdy for best results, but regular printer paper will work as well if that’s all you have on hand.
Please note that these free printable leprechaun trap signs are for personal use or classroom use only and may not be sold or altered for the purpose of sale.
How To Use The Free Printable Leprechaun Trap Signs
These free printable leprechaun trap signs will direct the lucky leprechaun straight to your trap for some St. Patrick’s Day fun.
The first thing you need to do is print out the leprechaun trap signs and cut them out.
You can just sit them leaning against something to hold them up or glue them to skewers or popsicle sticks to make proper signs. Hot glue is the fastest way to do this, but if you have small children you may want to use tape, school glue, or tacky glue.
Place them wherever you want along the path to the leprechaun trap you’ve set as a simple way to get your special visitor into your DIY leprechaun trap.
The Best Way To Make Your Own Leprechaun Trap
If you want a simple way to make a fun little trap to catch a leprechaun, I’ve created a printable kit to make an easy leprechaun trap for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
If you really want to catch that pesky leprechaun in your own trap, you’ll want to start with a pot of gold of some sort because we all know little leprechauns are always looking for the end of a rainbow and pot of gold.
The printable leprechaun trap has a container that you can fill with chocolate coins or Lucky Charms to attract your leprechaun. I also included some printable gold coins just in case you don’t have any other leprechaun bait around.
There’s also a rainbow path to guide the leprechaun straight to the end of the rainbow and into your trap.
Place the printable trap signs all along the path and lead the leprechaun to the secret trap door.
I share the step-by-step instructions along with the free printables in my post.
Other Homemade Leprechaun Traps Ideas
If you don’t want to use my printable leprechaun trap, there are lots of other awesome leprechaun trap ideas for a fun St. Patrick’s Day activity.
I’ll share some ideas with you here, but encourage your kids to have fun thinking of leprechaun trap ideas too.
The point of a leprechaun trap is to catch a leprechaun, so you’ll want a way to trap the leprechaun inside something.
Tissue Box Leprechaun Trap
Let your kids decorate a tissue box for St. Patrick’s Day.
They can cover it in green construction paper, paint it, color it with markers, cut out shamrocks and glue them on or use pipe cleaners to make decorations.
On the front of the box make a ladder out of popsicle sticks leading up to the top of the tissue box.
Put gold coins or Lucky charms inside.
Once the leprechaun has fallen in to get the treasure, he won’t be able to get back out because there’s no ladder inside.
A printable leprechaun letter will help avoid the disappointment of not catching a leprechaun the next morning. I have four different ones here.
Toilet Paper Roll Leprechaun Trap
Another simple leprechaun trap idea is to use a toilet paper roll.
Kids can decorate it in vibrant colors and shamrocks for Saint Patrick’s Day.
You can make it look like a leprechaun hat by making a larger circle as the base.
Use colorful rainbow candies to make a path to your trap. Some ideas for the path are Skittles, Starbursts, or Lucky Charms.
Place some gold coins inside the toilet paper roll and make a ladder out of popsicle sticks or pipe cleaners to put on the outside of the roll.
You can make a trap door by cutting out a circle that covers the top of the toilet paper roll and propping it up with a skewer.
Once the leprechaun goes inside, the trap door will close and catch him inside.
Easy Leprechaun Bait Trap
If you’re doing this leprechaun trap project last minute and don’t have time to put together a proper leprechaun trap, you can set out some leprechaun bait to draw in the pesky little leprechaun without going through the work of making a leprechaun trap.
Here’s What You Get In The Free Printable Leprechaun Signs Kit
I’ve made 12 different signs to get your leprechaun’s attention and attract him to your St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun trap.
You can use just a few or all twelve to decorate your leprechaun trap.
Free Gold This Way Sign
Use this arrow-shaped sign to guide the leprechaun in the direction you want.
Pot Of Gold Sign
This pot of gold leprechaun trap sign is shaped like a pot of gold with an arrow pointing the leprechaun in the right direction.
End Of The Rainbow Around The Corner Sign
Trick your leprechaun into going around the corner to find the end of the rainbow and pot of gold.
Keep Going Leprechaun Trap Sign
Maybe your leprechaun needs a little motivation to keep going and not give up.
This Is Not A Trick Leprechaun Trap Sign
Your leprechaun might be suspicious. This sign will let him know that this isn’t a trick.
Just A Wee Bit More Trap Sign
You don’t want the leprechaun to get discouraged and leave too soon. Let him know he’s almost there.
A Little Further Sign
Keep the leprechaun fun going with this sign to tell him to go a little further.
Over Here Leprechaun Sign
This over here sign has an arrow to show the leprechaun which way to go.
More Gold This Way Sign
If you’ve sprinkled gold coins around the path, this sign will help the leprechaun keep going to the pot of gold and your trap.
End Of The Rainbow Motel Sign
You can put this end of the rainbow motel sign on your leprechaun trap to make it a leprechaun motel.
Rest Your Head On A Bed Of Gold Coins Sign
This one will surely draw in a tired leprechaun who’s been up to mischief all night.
Welcome Leprechaun Sign
Invite your leprechaun in with this cute leprechaun welcome sign for your leprechaun trap.
How To Show Leprechaun Trap Activity
When your kids wake up the next morning they’re going to expect to see that they caught a leprechaun or at least some evidence that one was there.
Leave them a little surprise to find so they know a leprechaun visited.
I have free printable leprechaun footprints that you can place on the path to your leprechaun trap.
You can also leave them one of my free printable leprechaun letters inside the trap to find as a special surprise from the lucky leprechaun.
You can put leprechaun footprints on the toilet seat and color the toilet water green.
Use food coloring to color some of your drinks or food in the refrigerator green.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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