My kids dig magical figures like Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny who come in the night and leave presents in their wake. So why not add one more to the mix? Good behaviour abounds whenever there’s any promise of a magical person/creature dropping by to leave them a treat. That’s something I’ll be milking to the day they (sadly) grow out of it.
I introduced my kids to Leprechaun Pete, a tricky little guy who speaks only in limericks and is loose with his gold. It’s since become a St. Patrick’s Day tradition in our household. You can try his treasure hunt, too. After all, what child doesn’t love a good rhyme—especially when it leads to a surprise?
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- Free printable pot of gold & clues templates (click here and print from your computer)
- Printer + paper
- Candy, stickers, or other “treasures”
Step 1: Print out the free printable pot of gold & clues templates (click here and print from your computer).
Step 2: Make your pot of gold. Use a thin line of glue along the sides and bottom of pot of gold to adhere the two sides together. Do not apply glue to the top so you can add candy into the favour pouch.
Step 3: Fill your pouch with candy, stickers, or whatever else you can think of.
Step 4: Print your limerick clues. Each limerick is the size of a standard page. Print them out, roll them up, and tie like a scroll. (Note: There’s a boy version and a girl version for the first clue.)
Step 5: Hide your clues. Give your child the first clue when he or she wakes up, and hide the rest. Clue 2 goes in a shoe, clue 3 in a glove, and clue 4 under a plate with the pot of gold.
Step 6: Hide the last clue along with the pot of gold under your child’s breakfast plate. Tell your kiddo they must have just missed sneaky Leprechaun Pete, but luckily he left his pot of gold.
To extend this activity with older kids, point out the rhythm and patterns of the limericks and help them create some of their own. (Hint: Lines 1, 2, and 5 should rhyme with each other and be a little longer than rhyming lines 3 and 4.)
Printables and photos by Shauna Younge of Sweet Tooth for Mumtastic
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