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Wednesday
Mar162011

larry the leprechaun

I'm not usually one to perpetuate my kids beliefs in imaginary creatures, but my children are fascinated by leprechauns. It started last year, which was C's first year in school.. apparently they talk about leprechauns a lot in kindergarten. He decided to build a trap to try and catch a leprechaun, but alas, no luck. All he got was a note from Larry the Leprechaun wishing him better luck next year. (We knew Larry had gone into the trap and looked around because we could see his green footsteps.)

The kids finished their new traps this afternoon, complete with welcome sign, and a nice note on the door that says "Come in!" and a little trail of gold. If only leprechauns were so easily fooled!

Part of the problem might be that we just finished reading The Borrowers by Mary Norton, about a family of tiny people living underfoot, borrowing things from the human beings they live with. I remember loving this book when I was a kid, but I think I jumped the gun a bit on this one.. though they loved the idea of tiny people running around, the language was a little tough for my kids. I think it's better suited for kids 8-11.

Tonight the kids asked if they could sleep downstairs and leave the front door open, just to make sure the leprechauns could get in okay... but I insisted they sleep up in their beds. I'm sure they will be awake before we are, checking their traps and collecting their goodies. Maybe Larry will leave another note.

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as always, such a great idea!!

Have you tried The Littles (and sequels) by John Peterson? I loved them when I was sevenish-eightish, and they inspired many a matchbox bed and spool chair.

04.28.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle

We are big on leprechauns too, the girls build traps and I secretly knock over chairs and spill gold candy coins everywhere as the leprechaun. I wrote about it on my blog after this year's St. Patty's Day. Speaking of The Borrowers there was a great segment on This American Life on NPR (probably 4-5 years old) about a Dad, his daughter and The Borrowers that he brought to life for her...Very sweet. Kinda inspired me to make more magic happen for my girls....

05.4.2011 | Unregistered Commentermostlyflumxd

reminds me of my first graders: we used to paint a black "hole" on the ground and tell the kids the leprechaun came out of there and only if you could say the magic words would the hole open up and let you in. they'd stand on there every chance they got, with all of us throwing "magic word" ideas out to each other. we never did figure out how to get in...
And yes, probably had something to do with the book! You're right!

05.4.2011 | Unregistered Commentermolly

Fantastic!!!

06.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSilvie

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