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How to make a leprechaun trap revisited

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Every year at A Sunny Place Learning Center, the preschoolers build a leprechaun trap.  It's not just a fun way to celebrate GreenDay, but so much happens when we look at the process of trap building.

First, they have to learn about it.  What is a leprechaun.  What do they do?  Why do we want to trap one?  We dive into research by first making a list of what we already know.  This is like the warm up before you work out.  Once those pathways get working, it's easy to transition in what we want to learn about leprechauns.  The list included everything from 'are they green' to 'do they use toilets'.

Through our research, we learned that they like to play tricks, they are silly, they are tricky, and if you catch one, you get to keep their pot of gold.

Next, we have to start brainstorming trap ideas.  So many things are happening in these little brains now.  It's comparable to the moment man found fire.  Usually we spend an entire day talking about trap ideas…