Tuesday, March 17, 2009

They're always after me lucky charms

Years ago, long before WCK was born, one of my regular freelance-writing jobs was to write a short magazine column called "With Kids". Every month, I had to write about a fun craft you could do, well, with kids. I have no idea how I got this assignment, considering I knew almost nothing about crafts and even less about kids. Still, every month I would search the Internet and somehow manage to come up with a craft idea, and nobody ever wrote angry letters to the editor because, say, the craft was faulty and exploded on their child or something.

These days, I've forgotten all of the crafts I wrote about -- except one. The Leprechaun Trap. I've carried this craft idea with me in my head for years. When I wrote about this Back In The Day, I thought it would be the GREATEST CRAFT EVER, and I knew I would do it whenever I had a child who was old enough. I guess the idea of lying to my future child really appealed to me. To create a leprechaun trap, you simply decorate a cardboard box and set it out the night before St. Patrick's Day. In the morning, the leprechaun has managed to somehow escape the trap, but he's left some kind of a treat behind. I suppose you could rig it up to collapse on the leprechaun in a dramatic way. I never paid attention in physics, though, so I told WCK the trap would just magically fall over on top of the leprechaun when he walked inside. She believed me. I guess she never paid attention in physics, either.

Of course, we had to put some kind of bait inside the trap to lure the leprechaun. We used Lucky Charms cereal, which I told WCK was leprechaun food. I mean, there is a picture of a leprechaun right on the outside of the box, just like with cat food or dog food. What else would it be?

This morning, our box had magically fallen over. WCK cautiously approached it twice, and then twice ran upstairs and hid in her room, because she wasn't sure if the leprechaun was going to jump out at her or what. Finally, I had to go explain that I'd checked the trap and that he'd escaped, but he'd left behind a tiny St. Patrick's Day snow globe and a bag of gold. Interestingly, the gold pieces looked exactly like Chuck E. Cheese tokens. Do you think Chuck E. Cheese machines accept leprechaun gold? We will have to find out.

7 comments:

Beth said...

Lucky Charms are great, but I've never used them for leprechaun bait. We'll have to try next year. They ARE magically delicious!

Jen said...

Ha! One of our kittens knocked our trap over...and my middle child was soooo anxious when he went over to check to see if anything was in the trap.

Anonymous said...

What a cute idea!! When we were little, we used to get little bags of chocolate wrapped like gold coins in our Christmas stockings. I have been able to find something similar for my grandchildren, and now I can find another use for them... thanks for that lovely tip!

The Mama Monkey said...

Seriously, I could have used your article years ago! I have now read about this on several blogs...all the cool Moms seem to be doing it. Next year perhaps I can redeem myself!

Karen's Sister said...

We used your idea too and Liz loved it! We used a clementine box (with holes so the little guy could breathe), and propped it up with a stick outside on the back porch. For bait we used a shiny necklace and a green duck with shamrocks on it, thinking the shiny necklace would attract a greedy leprechaun. I wanted to put chocolate coins in there, but strangely... THERE ARE NO GOLD COINS IN THE STORES! Its all Easter candy, and this is after visiting five different stores! So, the leprechaun left Reece's Peices instead and WCN was happy with that. The fun part was that we took the duck and necklace out, saying that maybe the leprechaun would hide them somewhere... and he did! Under WCN's pillow! It just added to the fun.

pete's wife said...

LOL!!!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness! I can't stop laughing! That is SO awesome! I would have NEVER thought of doing such a great "craft/project".

Robert Holland said...

Lucky charms are my absolute favorite!