Leprechaun Traps and Hats

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First off, I need to say how happy I am that St. Patrick's Day is on a Sunday and not a school day!
I've already survived Halloween, Valentine's Day, and the 100th Day of School...  I deserve this break!

If all goes according to plan, then we are going to make leprechaun hats this Friday.
But not hats for us--hats for the actual, REAL leprechauns.

To make the hats, we will decorate a Styrofoam cups with markers. 
 Then we will leave them on our desks for the leprechauns.

While the kids are away from school, the leprechauns will visit.
They will "magically" shrink the hats so they will fit even the tiniest of leprechauns.

When the students return to school, on Monday morning, this is what will be on their desks:

My students will think it is magical!
{I love first graders!}


So now you are probably wondering how to shrink the hats, huh?

Well, it's easy! All you need is an oven (I will be taking mine home) and a little magic.

Step One: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit).
Step Two: Place 3 or 4 Styrofoam cups upside down on a cookie sheet.
Be sure to leave plenty of space between each cup.
Step Three: Put the cookie sheet in the center of the oven.
Step Four: Keep a close eye on the cups while they shrink. This part is super cool!
Step Five: Take them out after a minute or so (when they stop moving).
BE careful and DON'T leave them in too long!

Here is a before and after shot of the Styrofoam cups: 

And to finish it off, all you need are the Keebler E.L. Fudge Cookies!
{Which are perfect, because they stand on their own and they are yummy!}

We are also going to read these books before we make our leprechaun trap.
Our traps are nothing special... we just randomly put things up around our classroom.

I also have some great March packets {available in my TpT Shop} if you are looking for a little something extra to do this week! Just click on the pictures to check them out!

What fun activities do you do for St. Patrick's Day?


  1. Oh those styrofoam leprechaun hats are just too precious! Your firsties are going to freak out! Love it!


  2. Love those leprechaun hats!!!! The kiddos will go nuts!

  3. I love this idea. Thank you so much for sharing. My kinders will love this!
    Kindergarten Milestones

  4. CUte idea! I love leprechaun fun. I think my students get as excited about leprechauns as they do other holidays. They get so wound up! These hats will be perfect. I'm making traps this week and I both love and dread it. You know what I mean, right? I also love that behavior idea. This is about the time of year when I need something new. Thanks for the cute idea!
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  5. how fantastic is this idea??!! it's so cute! I wish my school was big into st patricks day! it's not a big deal in Australia! but I may need to do this craft activity with my little ones!!

    Sally xx

  6. This is a great idea for us. Our Kindergarten classes always have the leprechauns come and make a mess of the classroom, so our firsties are always asking if the leprechauns will come. My class is enough of a mess as it is (I don't need leprechauns coming in to make a bigger mess. Plus, I don't know if the kids would notice a difference, lol). This gives me a chance to have some St. Patty's "magic" without the fuss! Thanks!
    Teachin' First

  7. I LOVE the shrinking hats idea. How stinkin' cute! :)

    Mrs. D's Firsties

  8. This year was the first time I made the hats--so cute!! My kiddos were THRILLED with their leprechaun hats (which I filled with "gold"--a gold bead necklace)!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten


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