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Saturday, March 14, 2009

How to Catch a Leprechaun

This is Mylan's second attempt at trying to catch a Leprechaun.
This year he just might catch one because he's come up with a very good idea for a trap.

This is his drawing of his plan.

We needed to gather our supplies first:
Pieces of wood, cardboard, super glue, wood glue, hammer and nails, fake grass, small pebbles, scissors, a fan to help the glue dry fast, tissue paper, sponges and a creative mind.

First he glues some small pebbles to a piece of wood.

Then Mylan and I head to the garage to construct a wooden box using wood glue, hammer and nails.

Mylan then lines the inside of the wooden box with foil. The foil is meant to help keep the Leprechauns magical powers from working. Hey, it doesn't hurt to try right!

Mylan then places some sponges at the bottom of the wooden box and makes a small bed for the Leprechaun. The Leprechauns comfort is very important to Mylan. (Double click on the photo to enlarge it and see a better view of the cute little bed.)

Then he places the booby trapped lid on top of the box using the cardboard and tissue paper. He glues the lid down with super glue.

By placing fake grass on top of the booby trapped lid he can fool the Leprechaun!

The idea is for the Leprechaun to climb up the rock wall in search of gold.

Then once the Leprechaun discovers the gold on the other side of the box he will walk across the grass to get to the gold and fall through the booby trap door! That's how we plan to catch a Leprechaun! You see underneath the fake grass is very thin tissue paper covering a small opening in the lid of the wooden box. The Leprechaun will fall through the trap door and be stuck inside of the wooden box.

I asked Mylan what he plans to do with the Leprechaun once he is caught. Mylan said, "I'll keep him in my room and feed him once in a while."

We make a pretty good team!

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