A rainbow leprechaun trap had to be created!
After a few years of being an activity blogger, I only have one St. Patrick’s Day idea for kids. We need to add this rainbow pom pom leprechaun trap idea stat.
And you know it! It pairs well with our existing outdoor shamrock activity. Add the two to your St. Patrick’s Day plan, and you’ve got a fun day of play!
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This preschool St. Patrick’s Day activity setup is simple.
I have an entire container of pom poms calling my name. I need to put them to good use.
As a busy mom of three boys, I don’t have time for lots of prep. I also like to keep my downtime for me. – You won’t find me spending after-hours cutting and pasting prepping for a complicated preschool activity. Nope. Instead, you will see ideas prepped under five using many items lingering.
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Behind the scenes, preschool skills are coming to fruition.
As my three-year-old grasps the pom poms, he is strengthening his fine motor strength.
As my three-year-old fills the jar, he is also identifying colors. – This makes a great addition to our 35+ activities for the color list!
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I used a spaghetti sauce jar, but you don’t have to. Find something transparent that is a good fit for your child.
- Book – How to Catch a Leprechaun
- Pom poms
- Plastic or glass recycled container
- White paper roll – this is what we use.
- Markers – I keep a pack for myself
RELATED: I found this history of St. Patrick’s Day article from the History Channel.
Now we are ready to set up our rainbow pom oom Leprechaun trap!
Collect supplies, and place them down on the white paper. PRO TIP: Find a container for all the pom poms, so they don’t go rolling around off the table. Contained is best. (wink, wink)
Next, add a simple sequence chart to the right of the jar. Here, I drew simple dots to represent the pom poms. Just like this simple weaving activity for kids, I wanted to stick with a familiar color pattern.
I also added a little Leprechaun sketch to bring in the imaginary play. You can find a simple trinket to include here or keep it neutral by making a rainbow sensory bottle. I saw some fun St. Patrick’s Day accessories at Target.
Invite your preschooler over to begin filling the jar with the pom poms in the order of the chart’s colors.
When my preschooler finished, his leprechaun trap ready to go!
We placed the trap in the kitchen to see if we catch anything before March 17th.
But if we don’t, I am pretty sure the leprechaun will be knocking it over and leaving behind a funny little mess in the kitchen. – there is something magical about playing the leprechaun card with kids that I have no regrets weaving right into thier childhood.
Here’s to green, shamrocks, and a simple rainbow pom pom leprechaun trap!