DIY: St.Patty’s Day Treasure Hunt

ST PATRICKS DAY PROJECTKids dig magical figures like Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny who come in the night and leave presents in their wake.  So why not add one more to the mix? 

Introduce your little ones to Leprechaun Pete, a tricky little guy who speaks only in limericks and is loose with his gold.  Try his treasure hunt once and it’s sure to become a holiday tradition.  After all, what child doesn’t love a good rhyme – especially when it leads to a surprise?

To play along at home, simply click and print the pot of gold template as well as all four of Leprechaun Pete’s clues: Pot Of Gold Template, Clue 1 for Boys / Clue 1 for girls, Clue 2, Clue 3, Clue 4.

Then follow the steps below: 


Cut out the two pots of gold and staple together along all sides (except the top) to create a small pouch.


Fill your pouch with candy, stickers, or whatever else you can think of.


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.)


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.


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.)


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