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Build a Leprechaun Trap

Looking for a way to incorporate STEM this St. Patrick’s Day? Try an invitation to build a leprechaun trap.


Supplies & Instructions

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paper cups

popsicle sticks

acrylic ice crystals

gold coins

mini rainbow erasers

pipe cleaner shamrocks


Pipe cleaner shamrocks can be made by folding the pipe cleaner in half creating a petal at the top, twisting, then adding another petal on each side and twisting.


When it comes to open ended invitations like this one, I organize everything in a divided tray so it's easy to see all the available resources. When it comes time to play, I pose the prompt "Let's build a trap to catch a Leprechaun". This is great activity to practice the design, build, test, learn (DBTL) cycle. First brainstorm, then build, evaluate the trap design, make adjustments, and loop back around to brainstorming again if needed.



Preschool Prompts

What are some of the things a leprechaun might like? Should we use those things in our trap? How big do you think the leprechaun is? How do you think we can build this trap taller? Do you think we should make a trail to the trap? If so, what should we use to make the trail? If we catch the leprechaun what will you ask him?


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