March 15, 2010
a new St. Patrick’s Day tradition with your family by making a treasure box and
leaving it out under the moon on the night before St. Patrick’s Day where a
leprechaun might find it.
Legend has it that if a Leprechaun comes across a decorated treasure box
under the moon, he must fill it with gold, jewels or gifts. After filling the
box with loot, the leprechaun then hides it in hopes that no one will find it on
St. Patrick’s Day because if it is found on St. Patrick’s Day the treasure
belongs to whoever found it and remains in our world. If the treasure is not
found on St. Patrick’s Day, then the leprechaun may retrieve what is rightfully
The box should be small enough for a tiny leprechaun to reach over the sides
in order to fill it. If it is too big, the leprechaun won’t be able to fill it
with riches and it will remain empty. An empty tissue box, a shoe box or a small
treasure box from the craft store are the perfect size for leprechauns to work
Bring out the glitter, paint, glue, buttons, ribbon, stickers and other craft
supplies. Let your child decorate the box in whatever way he or she is inspired
to do. The gaudier it is, the better to attract leprechauns. Allow to dry.
Just before bedtime, help your child find a spot where the moon will shine on
the box over night. It could be a windowsill or on the front porch.
Overnight, while the child is asleep, a leprechaun will stumble across the
box and fill it with treasure. (Hint, hint – this is where you come in.) Choose
goodies such as chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil, bubble solution, trading
cards, a bag of marbles, costume jewelry and other little items your child
enjoys. Next hide the box because, remember, leprechauns are tricky and they
want to keep the treasure for themselves. Leave little clues in the form of a
shamrock trail leading to the hiding spot or a riddle to solve.