My little Kindergartener came home last week with an assignment to build a leprechaun trap out of things we had around the house. The assignment told us to be creative and suggested using materials such as toilet paper tubes, tissue paper, and shoe boxes.. and that was about it. That lead to a fun conversation with my daughter about how to catch a leprechaun, and what we might use as bait. She said we could maybe use a mouse trap. I asked "with cheese?" she replied "No, that's for mice". I was about to suggest potatoes or salt pork for bait (real Leprechauns don't eat corned beef...duh), but instead explained that we didn't want to hurt the leprechaun. We decided against a dropping cage like the Mousetrap board game and settled on a pot of gold design with a trap door. After all, we all know how leprechauns love their gold.
Step 1: Materials
Plastic Pot or other container
Scissors and/or hobby knife
Thin non-corrugated cardboard (cereal box?)
Gold Spray paint
Tape Measure or Ruler
You probably already have most of these things. I only had to buy the plastic pot, so my total cost for this is about $4.00. I found it at one of those party stores. I already had the plastic coins but the party stores carry those as well. You can buy coins that are already gold but I still recommend getting the spray paint. It will hide any glue or exposed cardboard.. more on that later.