Going for Gold with a Leprechaun Trap

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One of the best parts of raising children and working with young children is their belief in magic. The time in life when we can let go of all doubts and leap into the joy of magic is so brief. So last year I decided to make Saint Patrick’s day as magical as possible for my son.

Of course, Saint Patrick’s Day means leprechauns and gold to our family. (If you want to learn more about the history of Saint Patrick’s Day History.com has a lot of resources for you.)  The first thing we had to do was to make our leprechaun trap.

Leprachaun Trap Construction

We chose the best spot in our garden for trapping leprechauns and my son went to work. He was so excited by the idea of trapping a real live leprechaun and he took a great deal of time deciding how to make the best trap. 

Leprachaun Trap

I wanted him to explore his own creativity so I brought out a few items and then stepped back to enjoy watching his imagination take him to a magical world. He tried to make his leprechaun trap as inviting as possible with a path strewn with glitter and a welcome sign he asked me to make for the small visitors that he expected.

The best surprise was the secret that I had planned for the next day. When he woke up the next morning he raced to see what his leprechaun trap had caught. Now, as we all know, leprechauns are wily creatures so they had managed to escaped the trap, but they left their “gold” behind. Layton was super excited to find the little nuggets of gold (tiny pebbles I spray painted gold) and ran inside to show my husband.  Little did he know that this was just stage one of my master plan.  I had gone by our local jewelry store the day before and asked them if they would buy my son’s St. Patrick’s Day gold. I left the owner some money, just enough to convince Layton and Lara(our neighbor)  that the gold was real, and made an appointment to come back the next day with the kids. After school, I took the kids to the jewelry store to sell their gold.

Selling Leprechaun Gold

The jeweler at the store, Alex, could not have been any kinder. He acted like L and his friend were his most important customers in the store. He brought out his jewelry display tray and had the children put the gold there to be inspected.

St. Patrick's Day magic

After the gold was inspected and weighed, Alex offered to buy their precious treasure and a deal was made. I know that this was an elaborate effort to add more magic in to my son’s life but it was all worth it to see his eyes shine and his belief in magic live strong in his heart. We won’t be doing this every year but on that day I knew that I had created something worth more than gold. I had created a magical memory for me and my son. On that day we both believed in magic.

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  1. Great post! I will be including it on my St. Patrick’s Day Roundup tomorrow or Saturday! Thanks 🙂

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  2. This is such a wonderful idea. Kids need more magic in their lives. My daughter used to leave little piles of different colored glitter around the house and out side to attract faeries. Every once in a while I would make tiny tracks in the glitter or put a dab of glitter on her cheek at night (a fairy kiss) to keep the magic alive.

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  3. Oh my gosh, this is so much fun! So elaborate, but I can see how it would all be worth it!

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    1. It was a lot of fun, but it was elaborate and we won’t be going back to the jewelry store this year. 🙂 Our kids have such a brief time to believe in magic and I get so much enjoyment when I join their world of wonder.

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  4. What a fun idea! I love that bit of magic! My girls are chomping at the bit for the snow to thaw so they can build a fairy garden. I will be sharing this post with them for ideas for something they can incorporate on a smaller scale.

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    1. Thank, Jenn! You have some great articles on your site.

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  5. How cool a parent are you!! I love the help you enlisted from the shop employees as well! Thank you for sharing with Mom’s Library, I’ll be featuring you tonight at Castle View Academy.

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Emerald Isle!

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    1. Thanks, Crystal, that’s so sweet!
      Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!

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  6. Oh how wonderful! Such an awesome experience for the kids! I am pretty sure the looks on their faces makes it all so worthwhile! Love this!

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    1. The kids did look taller after they sold their gold. 🙂

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  7. Your post made me tear up a little. What wonderful lengths you went to in order to give your son a memory he can cherish for life. That is fantastic!

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    1. That’s so sweet! Thanks, Theresa.

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  8. Wow, this is so impressive! I love the idea of “selling” the gold… you definitely went all out! The people at the store were so kind to go along. Great ideas!

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    1. The people at the jewelry store could not have been any nicer. I think the kids could also set up a curbside gold stand. I know I would stop and buy a chunk of “gold” as long as the price is good. 🙂

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  9. Such a great idea. We would need to set our trap indoors since we are under a couple feet of snow that probably won’t melt until June 🙂

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    1. I hear that leprechauns can sneak into the house. 🙂

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  10. This is such a fun idea by itself, but I love that you made it even more fun/magical with the gold and the trip to the jewelry store. So awesome!

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