The Leprechaun is Loose! Last year, we attempted to catch that leprechaun. We built traps. We baited him. And boy did he come a knocking! I think we got a little more than we bargained for when this leprechaun got loose.
First Things First
We use the book, Leprechaun on the Loose to be our literacy connection for the STEM project. You can read more about the book, design, and trap setting BY CLICKING HERE. Believe it or not, this activity is messy, but it is academically based.
After the Traps Are Set
Since we use pots of gold and fake coins to bait this clever leprechaun, he does visit. He visits when we are not around, usually once we leave for specials.
When we return to our classroom, this is what we see…
Check out the Traps
Check out the traps on the carpet that have all been tampered with. I know it is hard to see, through the destruction that is, but all the traps have been tampered with. We all run to our group’s trap to see if we got lucky and have little green man in our traps.
We notice that around our traps are green footprints! That leprechaun is loose. We didn’t catch him.
He Leaves Us Messages
Soon, we discover messages. Sometimes he tells us things on our white board.
He may attempt communication on the smart board.
And sometimes, he gets fancy. On the far right, he left us a message on the star chart.
Leprechaun is Loose and makes a MESS
I know what you are thinking… this is a mess! Yes, it is! But since I have 24 little loves that created traps to bait the sneaky leprechaun to our room, I now have 24 little workers to help clean this room up.
You can see these little hands taking off the star message.
Each year we take about 30 minutes to build our traps. It takes half that time to clean up the whole mean green mess. I hear that some sneaky guys don’t leave as big of a mess. Totally awesome. Sometimes ours doesn’t feel the need as well, but guess what? It still takes us about 15 minutes to clean up.