20 Awesome Leprechaun Tricks to Play on Kids!

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20 Awesome Leprechaun Tricks to Play on Kids!

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St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th.

Lily’s Kindergarten class made leprechaun traps.  The kids went BERZERK when they arrived at school on St. Patrick’s Day and saw the fun those leprechauns had with their traps!  (And no, much to the kids’ dismay, no leprechauns were caught!)  Another fun activity is Leprechaun Boogers (Slime).

Leprechaun Boogers Slime

Check out these fun ideas for making some leprechaun mischief at YOUR home.  These ideas range from super simple to some time involved – LOL – that way you can choose your commitment level!

Stop by my Etsy shop for some fun St. Patrick’s Day printables! Building a leprechaun trap? Make sure you grab this adorable leprechaun trap pack!

1.  Make a leprechaun trap.  This can be as simple or as involved as you want to make it.  For extra fun, have the leprechaun leave a little treasure (gold chocolate coins, candy, etc) after he evades the trap.

leprechaun trap

Leprechaun Trap testing!! Let’s hope the leprechaun is tempted by the shiny greenery, the shamrock overload and of course, the gold doubloon!!

A video posted by @mamacheaps on

All these years later, we are still making leprechaun traps!! So many fun possibilities!

Lily Leprechaun Trap

Landon Leprechaun Trap

Landon Leprechaun Trap Close Up 2

Landon Leprechaun Trap Close Up 1

2. Leave some gold coins. Whether you leave plastic funny money or the chocolate version, these are a fun and easy thing to leave from the leprechaun. Tip: buy your coins EARLY. A couple years ago I forgot to buy them until the day before 3/17. Yeah, no gold coins anywhere. Easter candy EVERYWHERE.

Gold Coins

3. Leave a letter from the leprechaun like Creekside Learning did.

Leprechaun Letter

More St. Patrick’s Day Fun:

4.  Leave green footprints with washable markers like Sheek Shindigs did!

Green Leprechaun Footprints

5.  My kids would go NUTS if the leprechauns set up this windshield rainbow like Cup of Jo did!


6.  Swap out a lightbulb or two with GREEN lights like Oh! Rubbish blog.  You could color the lightbulb with a green Sharpie or just swap out a regular bulb for a green lightbulb.


7.  How fun are these Magic Leprechaun Rocks from Gift of Curiosity? They DISSOLVE to reveal a secret TREASURE!


8.  Have the leprechauns leave a rainbow made from streamers.   Here’s an example from just tell me to relax and breathe.

Rainbow Streamers

9.  The leprechauns left temporary tattoos on family members over at My Crazy Good Life!  This one would obviously depend on whether your kids are heavy or light sleepers.

Leprechaun Tattoo

10.  Swap out the kids’ shoelaces for green shoelaces!

Green Shoelaces

11. Leprechauns turn the food and drinks green! Check out our green pancakes and milk breakfast.

Rainbow Green Pancakes

Green Milk Rainbow Garnish

12.  Use window markers to leave leprechaun greetings on windows and/or mirrors!

elf on shelf writes on mirror

13.  Use Fizzy Color tablets (yellow and blue) to surprise the kids with GREEN water like Steve Spangler Science did. 


14.  That sneaky leprechaun can put stickers on the toilet paper roll like on My Crazy Good Life.

Leprechaun Toilet Paper Stickers

15.  I hate when the leprechaun turns your real money into funny money!  (Pic from Leprechaun Tricks)


16.  The leprechaun could turn some cookies into gold “coins!”

Spray Painted Gold Cookies

17.  Have the leprechaun serve up some Pot O’Gold Punch!

shamrock soda

18.  Give the kids some Leprechaun Bait to help their leprechaun-catching-attempts!

Leprechaun Bait Free Printable

20. Similar to the magic rocks, have the leprechaun leave these Magic Shamrocks for the kids.  This example is from Growing a Jeweled Rose.



20 Awesome Leprechaun Tricks to Play On Your Kids

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11 thoughts on “20 Awesome Leprechaun Tricks to Play on Kids!”

  1. One trick that is fun . . . The night before St. Patricks Day, put a drop of green food coloring in the bottom of a glass. Let dry. In the morning pour the milk in the glass and watch the kids reaction when the milk turns to green. “Those darn leprechauns!”


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