Magic Treasure Box
Leprechaun treasure from FamilyFun
This St. Patrick's Day, let your child 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:
Make sure that you get ahold of some plastic gems like the ones pictured here or sequins, etc. You will need something to decorate the box with that will reflect the moonlight to attract the Leprechauns. Ribbon and rick rack and stickers are also some things that you can use to decorate with. Take your kids to the craft store or dollar store with you and let them choose what they want to use to decorate their very own treasure chest with.
Pssst, Mom/Dad, er, I mean, Leprechauns, while you are at the dollar store, don't forget to pick up some jewels and trinkets to fill up the treasure chest.
I also picked up some four-leaf clover confetti and used that to make a trail from the window sill to the hiding place somewhere in the house so my daughter would have a trail to follow to find her treasures. Don't forget to lay some added trails that end at a dead end for some extra fun!
Any letterboxer will have a great time with this project. It incorporates all the fun and some of the aspects of letterboxing in a holiday themed project with your kids.
Now that you have completed your Leprechaun Treasure Chest, have your kids sit in front of the computer staring at this website: http://www.irelandseye.com/leprechaun/webcam.htm and make sure that you refresh it regularly. A friend of mine turned me onto this webcam for Leprechaun sightings and I was there for hours waiting to see if I could be the first to spot one! Good luck and Happy St. Patrick's Day!