The leprechaun lives on at Seeds of Learning


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In annual tradition, the youngsters from Seeds of Learning and their families made leprechaun traps in hopes of catching the elusive being on St. Patrick’s Day.

By Danyelle Leentjes | Seeds of Learning

The annual tradition of trying to catch the elusive St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun continued this year in Ms. Ruby’s “Ladybug” preschool classroom at Seeds of Learning. 

The children prepared leprechaun traps in hopes of capturing one of these lucky charms. Leprechauns love gold and trickery, and enjoy wreaking havoc wherever they go. If trapped, leprechauns may grant three wishes, but one must be very careful what they wish for. 

In keeping with tradition, the elaborate traps were designed, constructed and decorated as a home-based project between the parent and the student. Colorfully decorate traps included gold, flashing lights, candy and glitter to attract the rascal to hidden trap doors to capture him. 

This hands-on project was a great way get the parents involved in their child’s education, which strengthens the teacher-family partnership and promotes development and learning. 

The children then brought the traps to school and set them out the night before St. Patrick’s Day. The next morning, they couldn’t wait to get into the classroom to check their traps for the leprechaun. They were sure they would find the leprechaun in one of the many traps. What they found instead was a classroom splashed with leprechaun glitter in every nook and cranny of the room, and toys, tables, and chairs in complete disarray — signs that the leprechaun had been there. The children used their keen detective skills and started tracking the green footprints all around the room that eventually led them to empty traps. The leprechaun had gotten away again this year. Better luck next year, ladybugs.