Last week while I was visiting the Happy Home Fairy I stumbled upon the wonderful idea of making a leprechaun trap. I posted on my facebook page that E and I would likely be making one of our own, and I looked for suitable book to read to E as a set up for our trap, but alas, none were found.
So, I called my mom.
Now my mom is a very talented lady, and I asked if she could maybe write me a little poem about a runaway leprechaun who people try to catch in a trap. She wrote me this wonderful poem!
SHAEMUS SHAUN THE LEPRECHAUN, SET OUT FOR HIS POT OF GOLD
HE HID IT AT THE RAINBOW’S END, OR SO I HAVE BEEN TOLD
THROUGH A PATCH OF FOUR LEAF CLOVERS, AND BEYOND LUSH FIELDS OF GREEN
HE CREPT ALONG LOOKING TO AND FRO, SO HE WOULD NOT BE SEEN
THOUGH HE IS SMALL AND CUNNING,HE IS VERY SLOW AND OLD
IF I CATCH HIM IN A TRAP, PERHAPS HE’LL SHARE HIS GOLD.
I WILL FIND A LITTLE BOX,AND PROP IT VERY HIGH
I WILL SET IT BY THE GARDEN, IN CASE HE PASSES BY
I WILL CRUMBLE SHAMROCK COOKIES, AND LEAD HIM TO MY TRAP
I MUST BE VERY QUIET THOUGH,PERHAPS I’LL TAKE A NAP
CAREFULLY, WHEN I AWAKE, I WILL SEE WHAT I HAVE GOT
IT MAY BE SHAEMUS SHAUN HIMSELF, OR GOLD COINS FROM HIS POT!
With her poem, you can do the following activity with your kiddo:
- Read Shaemus Shaun the Leprechaun with your tot
- Use this post from the Happy Home Fairy and decorate your very own trap to catch Shaemus Shaun, like this one, from The Crafting Chicks….
- To match the poem you will need a couple of shamrock cookies crumbled up for bait, and then let your child go to sleep
- While they’re sleeping, take a couple of gold chocolate coins and put them in the trap
- When they wake up, let them check and see if they caught that mischievous little leprechaun!
I hope you all have a wonderful time with this activity! If you take any pictures and want to share them, post them on our Facebook page!
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What a cute poem! You have a very talented mom =)
That’s a fun twist on the night before Christmas Santa tradition.
I almost was going to just not do St. Patrick’s Day at all. No ideas and I’m swamped…but after reading this I am getting a bit excited! 🙂
What a great idea and poem!
Please tell your mom how great that poem is – love it AND the trap!
Try reading the book, The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day. I read it to my first graders. It has wonderful rhyming lyrics and has several leprechaun traps shown in the illustrations. My First Graders loved it. They made their own leprechaun traps and set them in the room. They didn’t catch a leprechaun but they did get a Luck Buck from FamilyFun.com. Wonderful!
I love stories model after “The Night Before Christmas.” I will definitely have to check that one out for next year. Thanks for the suggestion.
love the poem and the trap idea..I have plans to adapt if for our special needs class!