As with all crafts, leprechaun crafts should be age appropriate. If a child is expected to create at a level that is too advanced for his age, he may become frustrated and refuse to even try. The three crafts outlined below can all be managed by an elementary school child, but preschoolers will need help.
Setting the Stage
Before you begin making leprechaun crafts, make sure the children understand what a leprechaun is. Display a couple of pictures of leprechauns, recite the legends of the leprechauns and explain the importance of not only having a pot of gold, but also a place to hide it. By the time you're done, the children will be anxious to get started.
Growing a Leprechaun
In this craft, the cup will be the head and bottom of the leprechaun's hat. Living grass will form the top of the hat.
Making a Pot of Gold
Use one piece of foil for each piece of candy. Wrap the candy and place it in the cup. When the cup is filled, each child has a pot of gold.
Making a Leprechaun House
Everybody needs a home, and a shoe box or similarly sized box would make a perfectly fine home for a leprechaun. Allow children to decorate their leprechaun house in any manner they choose. Encourage them to use items found in the forest or to recycle scraps of wallpaper, newsprint, cardboard and other odds and ends from around the house.
If your child chooses Mattel as her furniture designer, and Barbie doesn't mind sharing, try not to stifle her creativity. Since leprechauns make their living designing shoes for other fairy folk, any leprechaun would feel right at home if there were a few dozen odd pairs of Barbie shoes stacked up next to that beautiful pink bed.
Leprechauns don't have a reputation for mischief, but some of their fairy relatives do. If you suspect fairy trouble in your home, consider these three likely suspects.
Leprechaun myths are as old as the misty hills of Ireland. They also are some of the most repeated and enjoyed myths the world over.