My first grade teacher was from England and during St. Patrick’s Day she did a fun little trick on the class. I’m not sure if this is a British thing or if she thought of it, but your kids are going to love this!
Potato on the Shelf – The New Elf on a Shelf
We all know that leprechauns are tricksters right?
So here’s what happened.
On St. Patrick’s Day we came into class and Mrs. Weese told us that she had caught a leprechaun in her home that morning, but when she caught it, it had turned into a potato! (Ireland, potatoes, potato famine, makes sense right?) She had brought it with her and set it in front of the class and told us we needed to watch it to make sure it didn’t turn back into a leprechaun and run away.
And so we watched it all morning.
After recess we came back to class and all of our chairs were scattered all over the room and back packs were all over! The leprechaun had escaped, but left us some gold chocolate coins before he ran away.
So I told my family about this and over the next few years we made leprechaun traps. When my sister and I were too old to believe, we would move the potato around the house for my youngest sister and pretend like it was trying to escape. It was fun for everyone!
We found that if you get a potato that still is a little green it’s even more believable. 🙂
There are lots of fun pranks you can do with your potato leprechaun!
Here are some of my favorites:
Shenanigans at A Differentiated Kindergarten
Create a Rainbow at Apartment Therapy
Leprechaun Footprints at Coolest Family on the Block
Green Milk at Tiny Prints
Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!
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