Building a Leprechaun Trap STEM Project for Kids

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Looking for a fun activity to do with your kids for St. Patrick’s Day? Why not try making a leprechaun trap! You’ll need simple materials like a coffee container, construction paper, and popsicle sticks, and we’ll walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to create a trap that will have leprechauns begging to be caught.

Ready to grab your printable now? Click here for the How to Trap a Leprechaun Packet.

Plus, we’ll share some tips on how to increase your chances of catching a leprechaun! To make the activity even more exciting, we’ve created a printable packet that includes planning sheets, graphing activities, and even a note from the escaped leprechaun with a snack of lucky charms. So get ready to let your imagination run wild and create the ultimate leprechaun trap!

How to Trap a Leprechaun

With a bit of imagination and creativity, you and your child can make a trap that will surely impress any leprechauns that might happen to pass by!

Yield: 1 Leprechaun Trap

DIY Leprechaun Trap

DIY Leprechaun Trap


  • empty and clean coffee container
  • green construction paper
  • green paper shred
  • gold coins
  • shamrock beads
  • glittery foam shapes
  • glittery shamrocks
  • yellow popsicle sticks
  • mini popsicle sticks


  • glue
  • scissors
  • tape


  1. Cover the coffee container with construction paper. You can glue the paper to the container or tape it.
  2. Fill the container with paper shred about ¾ full.
  3. Add a few foam shapes and gold coins in the container.
  4. Glue or tape a shamrock and gold coins to the lid of the container. Use strong tape to attach the lid to the container.
  5. Use a popsicle stick to pry the lid open on the container. You can set the popsicle stick on top of a few items (I used the
    foam gold coins) to help it to stay propped up.
  6. To create the ladder, use two yellow popsicle
    sticks. Glue mini popsicle sticks to the back. Set aside to dry. Once dry, prop the ladder up against the container.
  7. Place other shiny gold or green objects around the container and set out to try to catch a Leprechaun!


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Tips for Catching a Leprechaun:

While leprechauns may be tricky creatures to catch, there are a few tips and tricks that can increase your chances of success. Here are some suggestions for making a successful leprechaun trap:

  1. Place shiny objects around the trap – Leprechauns are known for their love of shiny things, so be sure to include some glittery foam shapes, gold coins, and shamrock beads in and around your trap. This will make it more attractive to leprechauns and increase the likelihood of them investigating it.
  2. Set the trap up in a strategic location – Look for spots where leprechauns are likely to be found, such as near rainbows, pots of gold, or fields of clovers. Also, consider placing the trap near a window or door so you can easily monitor it.
  3. Involve friends or siblings – The more people involved in the activity, the better the chances of catching a leprechaun. Encourage your child to invite friends or siblings to join in on the fun and set up traps of their own.
  4. Be patient – Leprechauns are known for being mischievous and can take their time investigating traps. So, be patient and give the trap time to work its magic. Check on the trap periodically, and if a leprechaun is caught, be sure to release it back into the wild with kindness and respect.

How to Make a Leprechaun Trap STEM Printable Packet

To make the leprechaun trapping experience even more fun, we’ve created a printable packet that includes planning sheets, graphing activities, and a note from the escaped leprechaun with a snack of lucky charms.

The packet is designed for kids to plan and design their own leprechaun trap, and to keep track of their progress along the way.

The printable packet includes:

  • Planning sheets to help kids brainstorm their trap design and gather the necessary materials
  • A flip book with additional planning sheets.
  • STEM supply labels.
  • A graphing activity for the lucky charms snack that the escaped leprechaun leaves behind
  • A note from the escaped leprechaun, which is a short poem, thanking the kids for their effort and leaving them a snack of lucky charms

To access the printable packet, simply snag it above. Print out the pages and let your child’s imagination run wild as they plan, design, and execute their very own leprechaun trap. We can’t wait to see what they come up with!

We hope you have a blast creating your very own leprechaun traps and maybe even catch one!

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