Leprechaun Facts for Kids that are Fun

by Marie

Lots of interesting and fun facts and trivia on the magical and legendary Irish Leprechaun fairy character for both school kids and adults to learn and discover from and enjoy.

No doubt everyone is quite familiar by now with the smiling little fellow or man like figure appearing on a very popular brand of cereal and always guarding his lucky charms. But what fun leprechaun facts for kids can we pass on and what do we really know about this magical fairy like and legendary creature? Are they actually real or are they just the creation of someone’s amazing imagination?

These funny, little bearded men and other fairies are a big part of Irish history and folklore. They are also the subject of interest for people all over the world. For many years, symbols such as: shamrocks, four-leaf clovers, the color green, rainbows and pots of gold have all been associated with this funny creature who comes from Ireland. Let's find out more about this wee little fellow below with a top selection of facts and fun trivia for kids and adults alike.

Leprechaun Facts for Kids: What is this Creature?

Where to Find One and How you can Catch One!

A leprechaun is a type of fairy from Irish Folklore, similar to a gnome or an elf. They are small fairy folklore creatures about two feet tall resembling elves with red beards, a black or green hat with a buckle called a cocked hat, green coat and trousers with gold buttons and shiny black shoes. They are believed to live in the forest and are often seen near fairy mounds which are grass-covered mounds that suddenly rise up like a little hill from the ground. These are very quick little creatures so you really have to keep your eyes open to ever see one. Try hunting for one when you're in a magical woodland area.

The leprechaun is associated with handcrafting since they are typically shoemakers, have a reputation for being grouchy and are stealthy when escaping or avoiding been seen by people. Each leprechaun has his very own pot of gold.

Can You Only Find them if You are in Ireland?

Most people assume that these creatures are only in Ireland but they are magical and so they actually can exist in many places around the world. It is said that wherever there are Irish people, there are Leprechauns too. These little guys will most likely be near trees where they can hide easily and be easily camouflaged because of all the green clothes they wear.

Many cultures have their own version. The name translates to meaning small body so it could apply to many creatures that have a small body like elves, sprites, pigmy’s or dwarves even. But we like the traditional Irish version the best!

Make a Trap with Some Lucky Coins

If you are lucky enough to capture one of these bearded creatures he has to give you his pot of gold which is normally stored at the end of a rainbow or grant you three wishes. But be careful, you must keep your eyes on him the whole time because if you look away he can vanish and you won't get the gold.

You can capture them by making a leprechaun trap and using real or chocolate coin money as bait. Place your trap near some trees and wait. They are very fast and very clever, so they don't get caught very often!

Are They Real or Make Believe?

And Why do they Avoid Being Seen by Humans?

Many people believe in these cunning bearded little fellows and say they have seen them. Because not all people are lucky enough to see these creatures, there are some people who sadly don't believe that they are real.

There are plenty of things that we cannot see in life but it doesn't mean that things don't exist just because we cannot see them. You cannot see the wind but it is there. Besides that, these fellows don't want to be seen or caught because they'd hate to have to give their Pot of Gold away! In 1989 a pub owner in the township of Carlingford, claims to have found clothing and the remains of a leprechaun and put them on display in his bar. The town celebrates every year with a traditional hunt to find one.

Just the Sort of Place You Might Expect to See One!
Magical and Mystical Forest Woodland
Magical and Mystical Forest Woodland
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Vikings and Leprechauns History and Information

A Legendary Tale of Why They are Right to Hide from Us

Leprechauns tend to avoid humans because, according to one very old legend, one of these kindly and magical fellows was tricked by the Vikings into revealing where the secret treasure was.

This treasure was not gold but a really beloved garden that was protected by a magic spell. The only beings that had access into this special garden were the leprechauns whose green clothing allowed them to enter unharmed.

The legend says that one of the Vikings who had been rescued when his ship was destroyed became friends with a leprechaun. The Viking played a trick on this wee fellow by pretending to be ill. The leprechaun took pity on the man, took him to his house and told him all about the special garden where treasure was hidden underneath some very large 4-leaf clovers. The Viking devised a plan with his friends to steal this treasure which they did. And this is why these creatures now avoid humans and distrust them. You can blame the Vikings!

Lego Viking Set
Lego Viking Set
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Are there Female Leprechauns?

In all the records of Irish folklore, this creature is always seen as a male. There is no mention of females at all. In Irish folklore, the females are fairies and the males are either leprechaun or wood sprites. 

So, if you see a very small, human-like creature in your back yard, or in countryside where there are plenty of places to hide - it could very well be our wee friend who wears mostly green and a top hat. Look quickly because he can vanish really fast. He loves playing tricks but doesn't want to part with his gold.

Where does the Pot of Gold come from?

It is said that a fairy gifts the Irish leprechaun with one gold coin for each year of his life. Leprechauns are very old and these gold coins grow to become part of his enormous pot of gold. This is why these fellows hide it at the end of the rainbow, so no one will ever steal it from them again. I hope you've enjoyed reading my wizzles page today, thanks for your visit. If you could save a gold coin on every birthday you had, you'd end up with a nice big pot o gold too!

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Updated: 02/13/2016, Marie
 
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Marie on 03/11/2015

Great comment, Sheila. Yes that is so true, Leprechauns are almost impossible to catch.

sheilamarie on 03/05/2015

I have tried catching the little fellows, but they are so tricky that they always get away.

Marie on 02/05/2015

Thank you, that's what I thought as soon as I saw it. It looked like a fantasy woodland.

AngelaJohnson on 02/05/2015

I love the woodland photograph you chose. I could imagine fairies and leprechauns living there.

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