Saturday, March 29, 2014

Leprechaun Traps

Leprechaun Traps...woooah!  The excitement...the thrill...and the mess!  Each month I have my students work on a 'Monthly Family Project' and for March they had to create a leprechaun trap.  
Everyone came up with really good ideas and I was in 'ah' when they took turns explaining how they were going to use their traps to catch him.
Every day we would check to see if anyone had caught the leprechaun, yet instead he left us some tiny notes and goodies.  The first day he left us a note and a lucky pebble taped to a super tiny picture for us to color.
The second day he left us another note with a bottle that contained 'Magic Powder' and the directions to how to make it.  

Here is a picture of what we used to make the magic powder, incase anyone wants to try it in their class next year.  Again, we have 2 students who are allergic to nuts so we used white chocolate pudding, mint chocolate flavor and mixed it with milk.  My kids liked it so much that they kept asking for more.  It's always interesting to hear the conversations they have between each other and what will happen if they ate the magic powder.
The third day we made 'Wanted Posters' and wrote about the leprechaun to make sure that everyone in our school knew about him.  

The leprechaun brought us the ingredients to make leprechaun slime.  The ingredients were very simple: elmer's glue, green food coloring, borax, and warm water.  We mixed it all together and made leprechaun slime.  You can only imagine how messy it got...and my hands were pretty covered in no pictures for that activity.
The fourth day was our last day to try to catch him.  I had a student who came to school telling me that she wrote a note to see if he would bring us more magic powder so that they could make it at home.  How adorable...she put it in her trap and we waited!  We checked and he left us his last and final note saying that he left us his gold (fake gold) and to try again next year!
Unfortunately he was just took quick for us, lol.  Maybe next year we will catch the leprechaun and get his gold!;)

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