By Jessica Vician
According to Irish legend, leprechauns worked very hard as cobblers and craft specialists, earning a lot of gold. But they were very thrifty, and it’s said that leprechauns would bury their gold in pots at the end of the rainbow.
The legend says that if you catch a leprechaun—which would take a very smart person because leprechauns are clever—you can ask him where he hid his gold and he must tell you the truth.
St. Patrick’s Day can be a magical holiday for your kids with the mystery and wonder of these old Irish tales. This year, why not expand on this magic and send your kids on a treasure-hunting adventure? They can help you with some of the crafts this weekend, and you can arrange the rest on Monday night so they wake up to the fun Tuesday morning. If your kids are in school already, then arrange the crafts while they’re away so they can hunt when they get home.
Here are the DIY crafts you’ll need to prepare this St. Patrick-themed leprechaun adventure.
- Leprechaun footprints. Leave a trail to where the leprechaun may be hiding.
- Leprechaun trap. Encourage your kids to design their own leprechaun trap this weekend. Before they wake up on St. Patrick’s Day (or once they return from school), move the trap to the end of the trail you created with the Leprechaun footprints.
- Create a handprint rainbow that leads to gold. Make the rainbow with the kids this weekend, then put it above the leprechaun trap on St. Patrick’s Day so that the trap appears to be at the end of the rainbow.
- Turn your child into a leprechaun. Print a photo and follow these directions. When they find the trap after following the footprints, your kids will be surprised to see that one of them is actually a leprechaun! Giggles should ensue.
- Dig for coins. Make this shaving cream and green food coloring concoction for your kids to dig through once they find the end of the rainbow and leprechaun trap at the treasure hunt’s end. For effect, it’s a good idea to have a pot full of gold chocolate coins as a fun reward once the kids have cleaned up from the shaving cream.
For more St. Patrick’s Day crafts and activities, visit our St. Patrick’s Day Activities Pinterest board.