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How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

Here’s a quick video tutorial showing you how to make the leprechaun footprints that you see in these posts:
*Leprechaun trickery is afoot! and
*St. Patrick’s Day Tradition: Leprechaun Footprints.
I also included some footage of Adaline discovering the mess the leprechauns made in 2013.
(Watch video here)

To make leprechaun footprints:
-Put green Crayola washable fingerpaint on a plate, piece of paper, or thick paper towel
-Make a fist and dip your hand into the paint (dab off the excess)
-Press your fist onto your surface of choice
-Use your pinky finger to make toes
-Repeat using other hand
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More details:
-It takes me about 45 minutes to make the mess.
-I do ALL of the prints for one foot/fist at the same time so that I don’t have to keep switching hands.
-It takes about 5 minutes to clean up the footprints.
-The footprints wipe off easily with water. You may want to use some soap if the paint was on long enough to dry.
-My daughter enjoyed cleaning up the footprints.

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How to make leprechaun footprints video tutorials

Has a leprechaun ever visited your house? What kind of things have your kids thrown in the toilet? Let me know in the comments!

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St. Patrick’s Day Traditions: Leprechaun Footprints


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In 2011 we had a leprechaun visit our house for the first time. We woke up to find that he had left green leprechaun footprints all over our kitchen and laundry room, he’d turned the toilet water green, and made our milk turn green in the glass! The following year on St. Patrick’s Day I had a one month old baby and I’d ask Santa Claus (head of all legendary figures) to please keep the leprechauns away. Last year the leprechaun was back to his old tricks again!

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The leprechaun entered magically through the back door and then made his way into the laundry room where he hopped from the floor, to the washer, to the dryer, to the toilet, to the floor again, to the sink, and back out into the kitchen. Did you know that leprechauns hop? Well, they do. In fact they can jump really high straight up into the air making it easier for them to get into mischief.
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While hopping around the laundry room the leprechaun left his green footprints everywhere…including the toilet seat…and grabbed onto the toilet paper to tp the house!
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The leprechaun had unrolled the toilet paper all over the kitchen!
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When he left the laundry room the leprechaun hopped onto the highchair and over to the table where he must’ve dropped some gold coins out of his pockets while running in circles. Next he hopped down to the floor and onto the wall!
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The leprechaun’s next stop was the playroom.

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We have tables lined up along the walls where the kids can sit and read books, build with blocks, or play with play sets. The leprechaun ran across the play tables to the art table.
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The leprechaun unraveled paper onto the floor and scribbled a picture.
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Next the leprechaun slid down the roll of paper and hopped onto a table in the middle of the room before going back to the kitchen where he left through the back door.
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The kids were excited to see that the leprechaun had visited, especially since he had dropped some chocolate coins. Jon didn’t even bother to take off the wrapper before shoving them in his mouth! 😉
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When the leprechaun visited 2 years ago I was stuck cleaning up the mess. The good thing about a 3.5 year old is that they think cleaning leprechaun footprints is fun, so I gladly let Adaline do all of the scrubbing 🙂 It wipes up as easy as Crayola washable fingerpaint! 😉
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(**Click the image below or watch the video for details on how to make leprechaun footprints!**)
How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

You can see the mess that the leprechaun made in 2011 and all of the mischief he got into by clicking the photo below.
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Has a Leprechaun ever visited your house?
Let me know in the comments!

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April Fools Pranks to play on your kids

April 1st, is April Fools Day! Here are some fun, safe, quick, easy, harmless pranks to play on your kids.
*Please remember to use your own discretion regarding pranking your child. Each child is different. Please do not prank a child that is overly sensitive, easily embarrassed, or one that simply can’t take a joke. Keep in mind the age of the child. Some pranks are more appropriate for tweens and teenagers as younger kids may get upset or simply not “get it”.*

PRANKS WHILE THEY’RE SLEEPING
*Draw on them with washable markers: Sneak into your kids’ rooms at night and draw on their faces with washable markers. Draw pink hearts on the boys or the classic mustache on the girls, or sign a message like “Gotcha!” or “April Fools” (bonus points for writing it backwards on their forehead so that it’s readable when they look in the mirror!)
*Move them into a different bed: While your kids are sleeping gently move them to a different room/bed in the house.
*Change and hide the alarm clock: Change the time on the alarm clock and hide it in the room (under the bed?) so that when it goes off your child will have to search for it to turn it off.

PRANKS FOR GETTING READY IN THE MORNING
*Model Parent: Make a fake parent and set them up at the breakfast table. Even funnier if the real parent comes into the room later before the kids discover the fake one!

*Put salt on their toothbrush: Wet the toothbrush and then dab it into salt. Be sure to shake off the extra salt before putting it back.
*Latherless soap: Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish and put in the shower/bathtub. This makes the soap appear normal, but it won’t lather at all!
Put one at the kitchen sink too!

*Stuff their shoes with tissue paper: Put tissue paper in the toe so they can’t get their shoes on all the way. This is the perfect complement to the small-clothes trick below.
*Replace your child’s clothes with smaller ones: This would work best if you were able to duplicate the same outfit in a smaller size, otherwise the kids might notice that their old clothes are back in the drawer.
*Sew all of their underwear together: This requires only a few stitches at the side seams, then fold neatly and place back in the drawer.

*Early Wake Up!: Change all of the clocks and wake the kids up for school (at 3 a.m.) and serve them breakfast. Mom and dad should be already dressed for the day however they normally would be. Feed them breakfast and start out the door…once they’re outside they’ll notice it’s dark…April Fools! It would be great to have an April Fools sign outside…maybe even something made with glow sticks that shine in the dark ;)!
*Don’t be late!: Set all of the clocks in your house an hour early and hurry everyone as if you will all be late.
*School on a Weekend: If April Fool’s day is on a Saturday wake up the kids like a normal school day. Go through your regular school day routine and even drive them to school! When they’re about to get out of the car (or they notice the parking lot is empty!) say “April Fools!”.
*Scroll down to the “Around the House” pranks section for tips on coloring your bath water.
*If you do have somewhere to go, you may want to keep an outfit the correct size, pair of underwear, good bar of soap, and unsalted toothbrush set aside to keep you on schedule ;).

PRANKS FOR BREAKFAST
*Cereal Box Mix Up: Take all of the cereal out of their original boxes and put it back into a different box.
*String the Cheerios: String an entire box of Cheerios or other “o” shaped cereal on one long string and put it back in the box.
*That’s not cereal!: Remove the cereal from the box and replace it with packing peanuts or some other type of non-food that pours.
*Freeze the cereal: Freeze a bowl of cereal and milk with the spoon inside.
*Magic Milk Bowl: This trick makes milk change color when it’s poured on top of cereal. Put a drop of food coloring on the bottom of a bowl or glass and the milk will change color when poured on top.

PRANKS WITH DRINKS
*Gelled Juice: A thirsty family member is the perfect target for this glassful of trickery that’s impossible to drink. And since the undrinkable beverage is made by the batch, you’ll be able to fool more than one person.

*Vinegar Juice: Replace apple juice with vinegar. Yuck!
*Colorful Milk: Put food coloring into the milk container, it will pour a different color and surprise the kids. This obviously won’t work with the see-through jugs as you’ll be able to see it before pouring.

*Frozen Milk/Juice: Freeze your drinks while still in the container so they won’t pour

*PRANKS FOR A GAG LUNCH

Can’t Un-Ziplock: To set up the prank, zip the bag closed and place a length of double-sided scrapbook tape on one of the flaps just above the closure. Firmly press the flaps together to make them stick. Your kids won’t be able to unzip their sandwich!
Wormy Apple: Use a plastic ballpoint pen, washed and with the ink cartridge removed, to bore a hole in the fruit, then insert a gummy worm. (Don’t make it the night before, or the worm may get mushy.)
Snack Switcheroo: Make the switch by carefully opening a snack bag along the top seam. Empty out the original contents and fill the bag with another edible item such as baby carrots. Add a playful message such as “April Fools!,” then use a strip of double-sided tape to reseal the bag along the seam.
This sneaky mom opened the snack bags from the bottom.

Slice a banana without peeling it: When your kids peel the banana, they’ll find the fruit inside is already cut into bite-size pieces.

PRANKS FOR DINNER AND DESSERT
*Backwards dinner!: Serve breakfast for dinner or serve dessert first. That would work well with the next prank below!
*Dinner/Dessert Disguise: Here are some great recipes for making your dinner look like dessert or making cupcakes that look like other food. Announce “dessert first!” and then serve the kids this ice cream sundae that’s actually mashed potatoes and gravy!

*Fly in the Ice: Freeze a plastic fly inside an ice cube.
*Salt/Sugar Switch: Replace sugar with salt. Only do this if one of these is used every day (like in coffee or tea) otherwise you may forget and end up cooking with it!

FUN WITH UTENSILS AND DINNERWARE
*Mixed up place settings: Set the dinner table with all of the plates, cups and utensils upside down or put all of the silverware at one place all of the plates at another, etc.
*Use giant utensils, tiny plate: Set the table with giant serving spoons and tiny plates (like saucers or dessert plates) to eat with.
*Serve food in a glass and drinks in a bowl or on a plate?! Messy!
*Declare all utensils forbidden…eat with your hands!

PRANKS to set up WHILE THEY’RE AT SCHOOL
*Switch the drawers: Either move around the contents of the drawers (underwear where the pants go, etc.) or switch siblings drawers
*Rearrange the Room: This one takes some time and effort. You could just move around the furniture or turn everything backwards and upside down. You can go as far as turning pictures, posters, and shelves on the walls upside down or backwards.
*Short sheet the bed: And oldie, but a goodie. Instructions found here.

PRANKS AROUND THE HOUSE
*Take the batteries out of the remotes: This is sure to frustrate older children and husbands alike!
*Make your water change color: Add Crayola Color Dotz Bath Tub Tints inside the faucet by unscrewing the cap on the faucet, and setting a couple of tablets inside.
Not just for the kitchen sink…use these in the bathtub or shower, or simply run a bath for the kids and add food coloring!


*Tape the hose open: Wrap a rubber band around the kitchen sink sprayer so whoever turns on the faucet gets a big, wet surprise.

*Toilet paper messages: Unroll a roll of toilet paper and write messages or jokes on some of the sheets inside, roll it back up and place it on the holder (I personally like “Help, I’ve been kidnapped and forced to work in a toilet paper factory!”).
You can also write a note (or a joke) to your kid on toilet paper with a Sharpie and then place it in the toilet bowl right before they go to the bathroom.
(The classic “I C U P” is always a winner 😉 )


After giving a clue of what’s to come using the Joke on the Water prank above, send your target laughing all the way to her piggy bank. Conceal a dollar bill inside your toilet paper roll by unwinding it several turns, then wrapping it back up with the bill inside. Rehang the roll flap-side down as shown. When your target tugs at the tissue, the money will spill out.

NOTE: If your house is visited by tricky Leprechauns , Christmas Elves (Elf on the Shelf), or Dr. Seuss’ Thing 1 and Thing 2 throughout the year, you may want to skip certain “magical” tricks and leave them for the legendary figures ;). Recycle some of their pranks and tricks to use on April Fools Day when the kids are older and stop believing 😦

*Please click on photos for source credits*

Do you play pranks on your kids on April Fools Day? Let me know in the comments!

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Leprechaun Trickery is Afoot: Little Green Leprechaun Footprints!


On 2/21/2014 an old unwatermarked photo from this post had been pinned and shared unsourced on a Facebook page with over 11 million followers and I received no credit. I would appreciate you sharing this post, particularly on Facebook and Pinterest, in an effort to get a credited/sourced version of the photo out 🙂 Read more.

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On St. Patrick’s Day I set up a small Leprechaun breakfast for Adaline. I set out teeny-tiny pancakes on small plates and a box of Lucky Charms. I used Adaline’s Leprechaun hat from last year as a centerpiece (it was too small for her this year 😦 ) and set out the green tablecloth and green plates. Once the table was set I went upstairs to get Adaline and Cool Daddy for breakfast. I wasn’t upstairs for very long so imagine my surprise when we all found this mess in the kitchen.

In the short amount of time that we were upstairs we must’ve been visited by a tricky little Leprechaun! He/she left his little green footprints all over the kitchen and laundry room.

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We didn’t find the leprechaun, but by looking at the footprints here’s what I think happened…

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The leprechaun came inside from the back door then he/she walked into our laundry room, hopped up on the toilet and turned the water green!

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Next the leprechaun left the laundry room, went back into the kitchen and hopped up on top of the table (I hear that Leprechauns are excellent hoppers!). Once on the table the Leprechaun took the stacks of mini pancakes and shaped them like clovers. He/she left some chocolate gold coins for us, but not before taking a bite out of one of Adaline’s pancakes! He/she then got inside of the box of Lucky Charms (making a big mess!) and came back out with some to eat.

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The Leprechaun then hopped down from the table and walked up our refrigerator! He/she must’ve gotten inside of the fridge and then walked back down the side of the fridge and out the back door. The Leprechaun must’ve been eating Lucky Charms this whole time because we found them on the floor, in the fridge, and on the way out of the back door…they managed to eat all of the marshmallows, though!

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At first glance I really wasn’t sure why the Leprechaun went into the fridge since everything seemed okay in there. Our milk appeared normal but when I poured our milk it turned green in the glass…that tricky Leprechaun!

Leprechaun Trickery: Green Milk

Cool Daddy made me try the green milk first. It tasted normal to me, it was just…green. Cool Daddy did finally drink the milk, but he wasn’t happy about it being green.

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You should always use caution when inviting a leprechaun into your home since some children may be frightened by the idea. Adaline really wasn’t sure what to think about the Leprechaun invasion, but she wasn’t scared and she enjoyed following the footprints around. She doesn’t look too happy in the photos because the poor little thing wasn’t feeling well 😦
…she was happy about the chocolate coins, though!

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Even at a young age Adaline had a gift for remembering obscure things, so every year since the original photos were taken she’s asked about “Leprechaun Day”. In 2012 the leprechauns didn’t come because I wasn’t up to having messy visitors with a newborn in the house, but they came in 2013 and Adaline couldn’t have been more thrilled! 🙂

Hooray for Leprechaun Day

After everyone enjoyed breakfast, Mama had to clean up the Leprechaun’s mess. I can’t say that I was too happy about it…I hate cleaning! Luckily it did wipe right up with a little soapy water, I’d say that it was just as easy to clean as Crayola washable fingerpaint 😉

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(It took about 45 minutes to make the mess…but only 5 to clean it up! In 2013 my daughter insisted on cleaning it up herself (see photo below)! 😉 I used the side of my fist and my pinky finger to make the footprints.)

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(**Click the image below or watch the video for details on how to make leprechaun footprints!**)
How to make leprechaun footprints: video tutorial

Later that afternoon we all got dressed in our St. Patrick’s Day green so as not to get pinched!

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Time for a green snack! Green beans, peas, green peppers, cucumbers, green apples, and broccoli with “melted gold” cheese.

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I tried to make clovers out of the green peppers, but it really wasn’t cooperating, so I tried the cucumbers too. This was the best that I got. Meh.

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It’s amazing the mess that the Leprechaun was able to make in only a few minutes…it looks as though it took about 45 minutes to make! 😉

Did a Leprechaun visit your house this year?
Let me know in the comments!

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