My preschool students made super easy leprechaun traps in the building center this week! The building center is open every day, usually with one focus per week. Mary Poppins and I set the Legos on our circle time rug and suggested the kiddos try to build leprechaun traps since it’s so close to St. Patrick’s Day.
Oh my word, but I’ve had so much fun watching them build the traps this week! Not all of the children were interested in making leprechaun traps, and that was fine. However, the majority of the students became really focused on catching “those tricky leprechauns”!
Listening to the kids as they planned and built the traps was definitely the highlight of this activity. Mary Poppins and I pretty much stayed out of the way after giving the initial suggestion of using Legos to make the leprechaun traps. Sometimes it is just so much fun to sit back and observe as children go about their business! Making plans to build a structure together uses different vocabulary, so the children definitely practiced their language skills in the building center this week! Some of the snippets of conversation we caught as the traps were built:
- “That tricky leprechaun won’t get through here.”
- “Well, this is a plane that the leprechaun gets into and it gets him!”
- “Look! This is a leprechaun smoosher!”
- “He’ll probably get stuck right here.”
- “But we should build it like a maze to confuse that leprechaun!”
- “No, no! I think the wheels should go here to get him!”
Our students tend to love playing and building with Legos, so we knew they would enjoy this activity. Suggesting they make leprechaun traps with the Legos took their play in a different direction than usual. It also helped bring in new words, as well as some different conversational back-and-forth as they worked together.