I love this St. Patrick’s leprechauns’ legend and activity from Disney’s Family Fun to share with grandchildren and children. If you are a distance grandparent, you can do this, too.
Just pack up a special package with the following Legend of the Leprechauns, an empty shoe box, and glittery decorating supplies then ship one off to each of your grandchildren. Call each grandchild via Skype or other video chat service and explain about the box that is about to arrive and what they are to do with its contents.. but first text or email their parents informing them of your St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun activity plan. Ask them to fill each box with small St. Patrick’s Day goodies and gifts such as gold wrapped coins and trinkets and to also leave a trail of shamrocks from the window to the treasure box after their children are asleep the night before St. Patrick’s Day.
Before bedtime, do a video chat with the children again and read the Legend of the Leprechauns to them and then have them place their decorated box in a special place so the leprechauns can easily find it.
Here’s how it goes: This St. Patrick’s Day, let your grandchild in on a well-guarded secret and start a new family tradition in the process. The fun begins with the legend of the leprechauns and leads to a treasure box filled with goodies and gifts. Here’s what to do…
On the day before the holiday, read aloud the following tale:
LEGEND OF THE LEPRECHAUNS
Full of magic and trickery, the leprechauns remain in their hidden world until the night before St. Patrick’s Day. On that one night of the year they appear throughout the world to dance and sing and frolic.
Disguising themselves as leaves and grass, and sounding like the wind and the crickets, they come and go unnoticed. However, it is said that if a decorated treasure box is left empty under the moon, the leprechauns must fill the box with gold or jewels or gifts. But then they will hide the filled box in the most unlikely of places. If the box is found on St. Patrick’s Day, the treasure remains in our world. If not, the leprechauns may retrieve what is rightfully theirs. And though the leprechauns are very clever, it is not impossible to find the treasure because, unknowingly, leprechauns often leave a trail of greenery behind them.
MAKING THE LEPRECHAUN’S TREASURE BOX
Now, have your child decorate an empty shoe box or tissue box with paints, glitter glue or stickers. If she tries to bargain for a bigger box, explain that leprechauns are tiny and if they can’t reach the top of the box, it will remain empty. Just before bed, she should place the finished box on a windowsill where the moon will shine on it. Once she’s sound asleep, the resident leprechauns can fill the box with small treasures, such as foil-covered chocolate coins, costume jewelry or a bag of marbles, and then hide it in a special place. All that’s left to do is lay a trail of green leaves or paper shamrocks from the windowsill to the box. An older child may even enjoy the challenge of several trails to follow, some with dead ends (you know, trickery of the leprechauns!).