using How to Trap a Leprechaun in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

/l/ initial
/pr/ medial
/k/ medial
/tr/ initial
/p/ final


St. Patrick’s Day

Book Details:
Diverse Characters: Yes
Age Recommendation: Early Childhood, Elementary

How to Trap a Leprechaun

By Sue Fliess

Legend has it that if you catch a leprechaun, he’ll grant you a wish. But, be careful! Leprechauns are full of trickery. To catch one, you’ll need to be clever in crafting your trap. Grab some glitter and glue and get prepared for your wily holiday visitors! On the night before St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns show up to steal your treasures and then disappear as quickly as they came. However, if you’re careful you might be able to catch one and then he’ll grant you a wish. You’ll have to be sneaky and set just the right trap to trap a leprechaun.

This rhyming spring and St. Patrick’s Day book can be used in speech therapy to address sequencing, predicting, action verbs, and /l/ sounds. It is also great for noticing illustrations! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using How to Trap a Leprechaun in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

illustration study
verbs (action)
text features
phonological awareness
character analysis​​​


order of making a leprechaun trap


legend, treasures, grant, trickery, capture, proper, gear, escape, scatter, clever, shame

Character Analysis:

The description of leprechauns is provided in the text of the book.
-tiny elf
-love treasure
-if he is caught, then he will grant your wish
-full of trickery and very smart

Figurative Language:



verbs (action)

Text Features:

large text
change in text color
speech bubbles
thought bubbles
craft instructions

Phonological Awareness:



What do you think their plan will be?
What do you think they will use?
What do you think they will make their trap look like?
What do you think will happen?
What do you think the letter says?
What do you think they will do next year?

If you are interested in seeing other spring and St. Patrick’s Day books to use in therapy, then check out the Narrative Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.