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Leprechaun Trap Project Ideas

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Saint Patrick's Day is the perfect time for students to use the engineering design process to plan and create a leprechaun trap. This asset provides ideas for creating these traps.

Leprechaun Trap

How can you celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in a fun, but educational way with your upper elementary students? Leprechaun traps are a great way for students to demonstrate the critical thinking skills they have learned through STEM education throughout the year. These projects contain ideas for different types of leprechaun traps that students can work collaboratively to develop.

Grade level: 2nd - 5th grade

Vocabulary:

  • Saint Patrick
  • leprechaun
  • folklore
  • trap
  • lure

Research Topics & Guiding Questions:

  • Why would someone want to catch a leprechaun?
  • What are some things you know about leprechauns that could help you outsmart one?
  • What do leprechauns find irresistible?
  • How can the engineering design process be used to design and test the trap?

Box Trap

Materials:

  • boxes
  • construction paper
  • tape
  • coins or candy
  • markers
  • craft sticks
  • pebbles or beads
  • St. Patrick's Day stickers

Time: 1-2 days

Procedure:

  • Divide students into pairs or small groups. Provide each group with a set of materials.
  • Have students cover their box with construction paper and then decorate it with St. Patrick's Day themes, such as shamrocks, pots of gold, or rainbows using markers, stickers, beads, or construction paper cut-outs. An alternative would be to camouflage the box using pebbles or other materials students find outside.
  • Have students select a lure, such as coins or candy, to attract the leprechaun to the trap.
  • Have students prop the box up at an angle using a craft stick with the opening of the box facing down so that when the leprechaun bumps into the stick, the box will trap him inside.
  • Have students test their trap and make adjustments as needed.

Trapping Pit

Materials:

  • boxes
  • construction paper
  • tape
  • straws
  • scissors
  • glue
  • gold glitter
  • pipe cleaners
  • string
  • markers

Time: 2 - 3 days

Procedure:

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