We are getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day, so we geared up and built some LEGO Leprechaun Traps.
Have you built your traps yet? It is a fun, creative, (and silly!) activity to do with your kids. We love to create with LEGO and making our own LEGO Designs is one of our favorite ways to play and learn.
Believe me when I say that I learned a lot about designing with LEGO during this project! My first project was a bit of a fail.
Try building a LEGO leprechaun trap design today. Be sure to include plenty of tempting gold so the leprechauns will find it appealing and be sure to stop by!
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LEGO Designs: Leprechaun Traps
I asked my son if he wanted to help me make a leprechaun trap. We have never done it before and I thought it would be a fun project for us to work on together. I suggested LEGO. That made it all the more fun!
He had a design in mind right away and dumped out our big bin of LEGO and got to work.
The image above shows a side view of our builds and a couple of the special pieces used.
My only requirement for my lego design was that it had a door that would close. Keep in mind that I am not quite as experienced with LEGO as my son is. Building a design with a door that closed was not as easy as I thought it would be!
My first attempt looked great. The door was flush with the front of the building but . . . it wouldn’t close all the way. I couldn’t have that as my little leprechaun just might escape, so I had to try again.
Here is a peak inside our builds so you can see more of the construction (and his neat pot of gold!)
My son make the green and yellow trap and I made the smaller trap with the door (yes, I finally got it to work!)
Our LEGO designs are not very big. His trap is 8 studs by 8 studs square and mine is 8 studs wide by 6 studs deep, plus the door. His design is 12 bricks high including the legs which are 5 bricks high. Mine is 5 bricks high.
He used 2 plates 4 x 8 plates which made it easy to get the roof off. He had the perfect LEGO cauldron for his gold (from this LEGO game.) I had to use a red open brick (see image above) and attach it to my roof to hold my gold.
To make the door you need the special hinged piece. I attached three 1 x 4 bricks (yellow) to my 1 x 4 swivel hinge piece (white) then added a 1 x 2 (white) to the top to make the top the same height all the way across.
TIP: build your door first so you can use it in your LEGO design. I didn’t do this and had to take my trap apart to fit the door piece into the box shape I created for the trap.
We had so much fun making our leprechaun traps I knew I wanted to share our LEGO designs with you.
Designing and building these traps involved a whole lot of learning–especially for me–ha ha ha! Use these as a starting point, or try designing your own. I’m sure you will all have a great time.
For more LEGO fun see:
Our big LEGO page full of LEGO goodness.
Get more Leprechaun Trap Ideas from my friend Clare as well.
If you and your kids build some LEGO Leprechaun Traps be sure to share them with us. You can share on the Brain Power Boy FB page or put a link to your Pinterest or Instagram picture in the comments below. We would love to see them!