At 20 months old, T is still a little young to fully comprehend the magic and excitement of leprechauns, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus… but I LOVE celebrating holidays, so I am trying to introduce him to some fun little traditions. With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make a little leprechaun trap together. We used only materials that we had around the house to make this cute little contraption, and T had a lot of fun making it with me!
- An empty tissue box
- Green acrylic or craft paint
- A handful of cotton balls
- Non-toxic liquid glue
- Clear tape
- Foam strips & 2 paper clips or pipe cleaners (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, & purple)
- Stickers to decorate
- A few blocks (or get creative using other toys or items to make a ladder or stairs leading up to the top of the trap)
Make this with your own little artist in 5 easy steps:
1. Grown-up: Paint the tissue box green. This part will go much faster (and be a lot less messy) if do it for them. Plus, the paint I used wasn’t non-toxic so I didn’t want T getting it on his fingers.
2. Grown-up & Child: Construct your rainbow. (I wanted to do this part with pipe cleaners, but we didn’t have any, so I cut strips from foam sheets I had in our art bin.) Let your child help lay out the colors of the rainbow in the right order. Stack the foam strips on top of each other and poke a paper clip through each end to hold it together. Then tape one of the paper clips to the underside of either side of the tissue box opening. Fan it out to get a nice curve to your rainbow. (If you’re using pipe cleaners, just put the colors in order, twist the ends to hold it together, bend the ends and tape to the underside of the box opening.)
3. Grown-up & Child: Squiggle some glue onto the top of the tissue box and let your little one help place cotton ball “clouds” all over to cover the top of the box.
4. Child: Let your little artist decorate the sides of the box with stickers. (We found some fun St. Patrick’s Day themed stickers for $1 at Big Lots.)
5. Child: Stack the blocks to make a staircase leading to the top of the leprechaun trap. Now it’s ready for your leprechaun to visit on St. Patrick’s Day!
This was such a fun and easy project to make! Maybe if we are lucky a little leprechaun will visit our trap on March 17th and leave a few gold (chocolate) coins behind!
Now it’s your turn! Go make your own leprechaun trap, then come back here and tell us about it.
For another fun St. Paddy’s Day project to do with your little artist, check out our Dot Art Rainbow!