Leprechaun Trap

After reading “The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day” with the boys, they wanted to build a leprechaun trap! I was fairly new to this idea so, like I always do, I went to Pinterest for ideas on how to trap a leprechaun and what doing that really meant. Was there something hidden that I didn’t know? Did I have to hide something? I found and pinned a bunch of ideas for the trap and it looks like everyone does something different with it. It seems similar to a certain ‘Elf on the Shelf’ – another fairly new phenomenon that parents are still figuring out.

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So it looks like we are going to join in on the fun and try and catch a leprechaun! Check us out on Twitter or Facebook to see if we had any LUCK!

You can also pop over to Pinterest and follow us there to see other people’s leprechaun traps ideas and get some inspiration for your own!  #MelMar

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A Bland Afternoon Turned Colourful

My oldest boy always seems to be on the run. He’s going to birthday parties, hockey games, practices, friends’ houses, etc. Last weekend, while BigB was off cultivating his social life, me and LittleL found ourselves without much to do. I remembered a paint activity that I had seen on Craftulate so we decided to give it a try.

I had all the necessary materials on-hand which, let’s face it, is a total bonus. (And if I have all the supplies on hand then you know it must be pretty easy to organize!) Within a matter of minutes we were ready to roll with this ultra-fun activity! LittleL even helped me get set up. When he saw me pulling out the paints, he knew he was in for a special treat. He had to exercise some patience, though, while I covered the paint with plastic wrap.
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It was awesome to watch LittleL exploring with the paint. He is 2 1/2 years old and was making some really great observations on his own. I heard him say things like, “Hey Mommy, I just made purple with these paints!” “Mommy, can I have more blue in the middle?” “All this red and white is making my picture pink!”

Once he filled his canvas, we pulled back the plastic wrap. My little guy couldn’t wait for his daddy and big bro to get home so he could show off his masterpiece!
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Materials:

Tole Paints

Cardstock (we don’t normally have this on hand so I just cut apart file folders)

Painters Tape

Cardboard (to cover the workspace)

Plastic Wrap

This is a simple, quick, easy activity (with plenty of room for creativity!) to turn an otherwise boring afternoon into a colourful one! Check out the full description from Craftulate here. #MelMar