Reverse Phycology Leprechaun Trap for Kids

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Trap a leprechaun for sure this year with this reverse phycology leprechaun trap for kids! It’s a fun building and STEAM/STEM craft project for St. Patrick’s Day.

How to Catch A Leprechaun

The trick with this trap is to entice your leprechaun up the stairs using reverse phycology. Every ones know that leprechauns love gold and that when you tell a leprechaun not to go somewhere that exactly where they are going to want to go!

So write a whole bunch of signs warning your leprechaun not to go into your trap. Even tell them that there is “Absolutely No gold here!”. Your leprechaun will not be able to resist going right into your trap! You’ll catch that tricky green leprechaun this year for sure!

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Reverse Phycology Leprechaun Trap for Kids

  1. Take a toilet paper roll and make small slits all along the bottom of the roll. This will create small tabs that you can use to later easily tape it down to a piece of construction paper or cardboard. this is a great way to ensure that your child can actually do most of the steps in this craft.

Rainbow Tower

  1. Cut strips of construction is all six colors of the rainbow.
  2. Use double sided tape or glue to secure each strip to the a toilet paper roll.
  3. Tape it down to a piece of construction paper or cardboard.
  4. Glue cotton balls all around it for clouds.


  1. Cut another strip of paper, fold it like an accordion to create steps up to the top of the rainbow tower.

Leprechaun Trap Signs

  1. Cut out a few rectangles and wrote warning messages on the them like, “Do Not Enter”, “Dangerous for Leprechauns”, “Absolutely no Gold Here”, “No Leprechauns Allow”.
  2. Cut paper straws in different lengths and tape your signs to the straws.
  3. Use glue or model magic to secure your signs to the base. Place all around the rainbow tower.
  4. Use tape to secure a sign to the top of the tower.

Top of the Trap

  1. Measure and cut a circle large enough to cover to the top of the toilet paper roll rainbow tower.
  2. Fold the circle in half and cut lines in it to create a hidden hole for your leprecahun to fall down.
  3. Glue the circle on the top of the tower.

When to Catch a Leprechaun

Everyone knows the best time to catch a leprechaun is the night before St. Patrick’s Day, but if you missed the best time that’s ok too, leprechauns still come out a few days before and after St. Patrick’s Day.

Place it in the spot your child thinks they have the best chance of catching a leprechaun. My kids were convinced that the best place to catch one was right in front of the doors.

Leave your trap over night and check it in the morning to see you have trapped a tricky leprechaun.

Caregivers Role

Here’s where you come it. While your child sleeps, remove all the gold from the trap. Create little green footprints using green paint or a green marker leading up to the trap.

Then leave a note from your friendly leprechaun praising your little one for their clever trap but that it wasn’t quite fast enough to catch him but that they should try again next year! I forgot to sign my note from a leprechaun and you can even give him a name such as Finn or Liam!

Here’s a sample note I wrote for my kids:

Try again Next Year! Your wee little trap was so clever! You almost caught me too! But a wee little hop, in the nick of time, let me get away from you!

Age Suitability

This craft is good for toddlers aged children 2 years old and up. My kids are 5, 5 and 8 years old.

Mess Level

The mess level for this craft is low.

Difficulty to Create 


Skills Developed

Language development, shape recognition, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.


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  • Foam shamrock stickers
  • Construction paper in all the colors of the rainbow
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls
  • Colourful paper straws
  • Gold coins or gold foam sheet
  • Glue
  • Masking tape
  • Glue gun or model magic
  • Marker

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