Leprechauns have been part of Irish folklore for over 1,000 years. Leprechauns are Irish fairy folk that typically look like old men, and are never bigger than a small child. Leprechauns aren’t really cute and funny, and are often grumpy and get up to quite a lot of mischief. Leprechauns are very hard working and like to store the gold that they earn in a giant pot. From what is known, leprechauns often like to store their gold at the end of a rainbow, but we can’t really be sure because people are rarely successful in capturing leprechauns. If you do happen to be lucky enough to catch one legend tells that you need to be sure to keep your eyes on him, because as soon as you look away from a leprechaun they can escape!
Certainly anyone who manages to trap a leprechaun and find his gold would be very lucky indeed! Leprechauns are very tricky! One thing that is fun to do on St Patrick’s Day is to think about some of the ways that we are ‘lucky’. What better way to do this than to fill a Leprechaun’s pot with gold coins full of things that are ‘lucky’ for us. For this activity ask your students to think about things that are important to them. Encourage them to fill their pot with things in their lives that they are lucky to have.
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