What if you catch a Leprechaun?

Leprechauns and female leprechauns provide a rich tapestry of magic and a wonderful opportunity to dive into the fairy folk of Ireland.

Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig) is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March. According to tradition, the foremost patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick ( c. AD 385–461), died on the 17th March. Children are celebrating St Patrick’s Day by dressing up in green and look for shamrocks, while others try to catch the elusive leprechaun.

Ways to catch the leprechaun has attracted a lot of attention. There are videos with children building the most fantastic traps, a Wikihow and STEM challenges where the aim is to build the most incredible engineering construction to capture a leprechaun. Often signs of a leprechaun visiting rather than a leprechaun itself are found at the trap, like a gold coin.

But what if, you catch a leprechaun in the trap? After all, catching a leprechaun is easy compared to keeping him.

According to legend, the leprechaun has to tell you where the gold is hidden because he is compelled to tell the truth by fairy law. Leprechauns have lots gold!

The leprechaun has to give you three wishes, but be careful what you wish for, and never make a fourth wish. He might be a cobbler but never accept any shoes from him, because they will be enchanted. Enchanted shoes that will make you dance and jump and do all sort of silly things. And keep musical instruments away from him, because he will put you under his spell when he starts playing.

Need some creative writing prompts? Here is a booklet that inspires children to create their own writing prompts.

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