St. Patrick’s Day brings to mind parades, parties and everything green! This St. Patrick’s Day, share the history of the fun holiday with your children and create a memorable day with these leprechaun-themed crafts. Leprechaun bait isn’t just for leprechauns — anyone can enjoy this yummy St. Patrick’s Day treat!
Make this leprechaun bait with your little ones and then build and set a leprechaun trap to try to catch one of the sneaky creatures. If you are lucky enough to catch a leprechaun, they must give you three wishes in order to be released. Best of luck!
Leprechaun Bait Recipes
Leprechaun Treat Mix
- 1 cup rice square cereal
- 1 cup popcorn
- 1 cup pretzels
- ½ cup marshmallows
- ½ cup chocolate candies
- 8 ounces white chocolate melts
- Green sprinkles
- Green food coloring
- In a large bowl, combine rice square cereal, popcorn, pretzels, marshmallows and chocolate candies. Mix together.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the white chocolate on low heat until smooth. Microwave for 30 seconds, and then in 15 second intervals to assure you don’t burn the chocolate.
- Once melted, stir in green food coloring and pour the white chocolate over your dry mix.
- Stir your mix until it is evenly coated.
- On wax paper, spread your mixture out evenly and top with green sprinkles.
- Allow the mix to cool for 10-15 minutes. Put in bags or a bowl to enjoy!
Healthy Leprechaun Bait
- 1 cucumber
- 1 green bell peppers
- 1 bunch of celery
- Favorite veggie dip or dressing
- Thinly slice cucumber, green bell peppers, and celery sticks.
- Arrange all the vegetables on a small tray, in a bowl or in a bag.
- Place a small bowl of your favorite veggie dip or dressing nearby.
Leprechaun Bait Tags
Before heading to bed on St. Patrick’s Day, have your little one recite these leprechaun poems and fill out their activities. Rhymes and wishes may persuade your leprechaun to stop and stay a while at your comfy cozy leprechaun home.
Build Your Leprechaun Trap
After preparing your leprechaun bait, build a trap with your little ones in hopes of catching one of those tricky creatures! To make your leprechaun trap even more irresistible, have your little one add some St. Patrick’s Day themed decor. Add rainbows to grab the leprechaun’s attention, a pot of gold to lure him in and clovers for good luck!
On the night before St. Patrick’s Day, place the bait in the trap and await a special visitor. Remember, if caught, a leprechaun can grant three wishes — what would your little one wish for?
When your kids wake up on St. Patrick’s Day, check to see if you were handy enough to catch a leprechaun or if he snuck off with some of your bait. A leprechaun may have even left some gold coins on his way through. No matter the outcome, creating this fun craft with your kids will make the holiday even more special.
- White paper
- Markers or crayons
- Print out the templates in color or black and white. If printed in black and white, have your little one color the pieces.
- Cut around the dotted lines, and fold along the solid blue lines.
- Apply glue to the white tabs and construct your house, building the base first, and then adding the roof.
- Decorate with signs, rainbows and clovers.
- Prop the door open and leave your leprechaun bait inside!
All this St. Patrick’s Day fun is sure to leave leprechauns green with envy. After making these crafts with your family, decorate your own home and celebrate with these fun St. Patrick’s Day gifts. Cheers!