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How to Make the Perfect Leprechaun Trap

You can try to trap those pesky little mischief makers, but they always seem to get away. Jack, my son and leprechaun hunter, came home from school several weeks ago with a mission: create a leprechaun trap. From the very start, he wanted something that smushed the leprechaun… a kind of mouse trap for little green people without tails. I explained the smashing of [...]

Leprechauns Beware: Beautiful Trap Ahead

Ann and her granddaughter shared their leprechaun trap with us earlier this week. They used our leprechaun trap as inspiration but "made it more girly." Instead of PVC pipe, they made a tree from branches with green glitter and added green Lucky Charms for leaves. The bait is also Lucky Charms Double Clover Leaf edition. When the leprechaun tries to steal [...]

Build a Trap, Catch a Leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day

It’s St. Patrick’s Day eve. The day when children and adults alike put the finishing touches on their leprechaun traps. Catching a leprechaun is tricky business. They are very sneaky and don’t play fair, so no one has ever caught a leprechaun. Yet. My boys and I build a leprechaun trap every year to try and catch these dastardly creatures. In building a leprechaun trap, [...]

Leprechaun Science Activities from Our Favorite Kid Activity Bloggers

We enjoy following some of our favorite blogging Kids Activity Moms on Pinterest. Here is a short round up of our favorites for St. Patrick's Day -   Shamrock crystals from Housing a Forest Shamrock Color Viewer: a craft and a tool in one from Mama's Little Muse Racing Leprechaun Balloons from Housing a Forest Grow Leprechaun Hair in milk cartons from PlayDrMom. Leprechaun Hunt from The [...]

Leprechaun Science Secrets – The Best Activities for St. Patrick’s Day

During the month of March, everything starts to turn green, and not just the grass and trees. It's leprechaun season. Time to catch a sneaky little devil who hides gold coins while wreaking havoc all over. For years, we have shared our secret for surprising the kiddos on St. Paddy's Day morning by turning all of the water green in your house. [...]

Leprechaun Visits, Green Water and Lots of Mischief for St. Patrick’s Day

By Blog Editor Susan Wells It's almost time for leprechauns, shamrocks and green water. Yes, it's March and time for St. Patrick's Day. If you are looking for some activities and fun things to do with your kids at home or students in the classroom, we have a few ideas. Leprechaun Traps: Start with a plan, maybe even diagram your design, then use Legos, [...]

Science Secrets of Leprechauns Revealed

Next to Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day is a favorite holiday of mine. From the first year the leprechauns turned our water green, I have worked hard to uncover the secrets of the leprechauns. My crack team of Leprechaun Specialists have discovered how the sneaky little guys turn water and snow green, lay eggs and uncover hidden rainbows. The leprechaun science doesn’t end there. [...]

Leprechaun Antics Lead to a Geek Dad Honor

Is geek status now cool? I guess it depends on who you ask. But Todd Bailey at WIRED seemed to like the Leprechaun trap and the green water trick - totally freaked out my kids when they turned on the faucet and the water came out green. Read the story. Maybe I should send Geek Dad my latest weekend adventure - [...]

It Turned Green! Cool Science Tricks for St. Patrick’s Day

We never miss an opportunity to teach a little science... even on St. Patrick's Day. From Leprechaun traps, to green water, to Leprechaun eggs, we know how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the Spangler Science offices... and trust that none of us will ever forget the day the toilet and faucet water turned green. Sometimes your creativity spikes and you [...]