Saturday Thinkibility Inspiration – Leprechaun Traps

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Dealing with a capricious leprechaun can be tricky. According to Irish legends, if you can find and capture a leprechaun, you can barter his freedom for his gold. So building a trap for a leprechaun is a real skill. Below are some ideas to help you design your own trap so that you can capture this old cobbler – the word leprechaun may come from the Irish leath bhrogan, meaning shoemaker. In the fairy world cobblers get rich and each leprechaun has his own pot of gold. You can find this pot  at the end of a rainbow.

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The Suburban Mom

What a creative way to use a green strawberry basket! The Suburban Mom has lots of fantastic and easy DIY projects.

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I am sure that no leprechaun can resist this clever trap.

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A shoebox and some green construction paper and voilà you have a great start for building a clever trap.

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Marshmallow Mudpie

Love this trap! Someone has been thinking hard about how to capture a leprechaun. And if you are worried about hurting your leprechaun, this trap has soft felt so that he lands softly. . .

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Modern Parents Messy Kids

Love the idea with an interactive trap, where you can explore ways to trap your  leprechaun before you decide which one is the best.

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After you have trapped your leprechaun and bartered his freedom for his gold, you can write a story using this prompt: “Who is more important to you than gold?”

Sparking Thinkibility Book Tips
The Leprechaun Companion  by Niall Macnamara is a beautifully illustrated book, which even has a board game that leprechauns have played for thousands of years.You will learn about how leprechauns live in abandoned beehives, hollow trees, and thorn bushes and that they love to  eat silverweed and heather tops. Tying a know in a rose is a great compliment to a lady leprechaun. And even an answer to why lady leprechauns are so rare – a real treasure trove of inspiration for making the most spectacular leprechaun traps. . . or writing a story. . .

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