Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Leprechaun Trap

For those of you who haven't realized it until now, tomorrow is that "lucky" day. I knew it was coming up, but I hadn't really planned anything super amazing, which I wanted to, but never seem to do.
But, I want to share with you what I did do, very last minute. So, if you are reading this now, at 11:00 on St. Patty's Day Eve, you can still do some fun stuff for your kids in the morning. If not, file these ideas away for next year.
Before my kiddos headed to bed, Benson and Casey made a leprechaun trap. It was very exciting, and hard for this little boy to keep his hands off.

We thought the leprechaun might like "Lucky Charms", so we set a few in our trap to lure them in. It lured someone else in too.

After we set the trap, we made sure the kids were wearing green pajamas (so I couldn't pinch them in the morning.) and got them to bed. Benson had to check the trap a few times to make sure nothing had set it off yet.

Once the kiddos were in bed. The leprechauns visited our house. They left green footprints all over the house!!! Thankfully, they only left their dirty green footprints on things that weren't permanent.
Like our preschool schedule

Our calendar. (which is ooo-gly, I know.)

Molly's oatmeal.

And look, they even left some on this paper that led toward the leprechaun trap....
Oh my goodness! They seemed to set off the trap!

And what did they leave for us? (Sorry, it's late and dark. Bad pictures, I know.)

Some gold coins and some St. Patrick's Day Potion.

This St. Patrick's Day Potion is THE BEST idea! It came from my sister, Tami. She teaches kindergarten, and I am convinced that she is the best teacher ever, because she has awesome ideas like this:

You take a packet of green koolaid and mix it with the sugar it calls for. Then put it in a bag and leave this note with it. Then, when you add water, the "potion" turns green. That, in itself will amaze young kids. But here's where the leprechaun plays it's trick.... A grown up needs to drink some of the "potion". Of course the kids will object, but because it smells so yummy and looks so good, someone like myself just couldn't resist! All goes well for a few minutes until... "Oh, no. My legs are getting itchy. Oh, golly, I'm feeling a little weird. Oh, these legs are so itchy." And guess what? When I pull up my pant leg, I've got GREEN SPOTS all over my legs. (just washable marker put on earlier).

The kids go ABSOLUTELY nuts for this. It is such a fun trick and something they'll remember for a long time! Thanks, Tami. I'm sure it will be awesome. And happy birthday too. You're the best sister ever, except for you, Emily, you're great too.

Also, tomorrow will consist of everything green. Green waffles, green milk, green salad, green cake, green EVERYTHING! Lucky for me, I've got some green food coloring handy. Unlucky for me, I'll be changing green diapers for a few days. Remember how I did everything RED for Valentine's Day? (HERE).... Yeah.

Good luck! And may the luck of the Irish be with you!


Em Russ said...

I forgot about the kool aid thing till last night. I thought it would be so hilarious! Next year, I guess. And guess who was OUT of green food coloring last night... yep. Good thing yellow and blue make green...

p.s. I think your leprechaun is a little neat freak. Ours got green footprints EVERYWHERE... right on the fridge and toilet and counter and floor... Lila can't wait to get home from school to clean it up.

B. said...

These are the cutest ideas EVER Natalie! I LOVE THEM!!!!

Em Russ said...

p.s. for next year, Rolos are the "fake" gold that gets the leprechauns into our trap... (along with a trail of lucky charms, of course)

Sierra said...

That is adorable! You are such a good mom :-)

Malisa Twelves said...

So clever!

Jeff and Susan said...

how fun, what a cute mom you are! At our house i was like "ellie you need to wear green today, Dont ask just put it on." Ha ha for sure next year we will need to use tammy and your ideas!