Oh, Lachlan, O’Lachlan.

Wiggly teeth. We’ve got a lot of them in our classroom right now and the kids love to give wiggly teeth updates. They also love to hear how, when I was five, I placed a dab of peanut butter in my palm in an effort to catch the tooth fairy. I had questions for her! And, while childhood is different now, being a child isn’t. They have questions for the tooth fairy, too.

Our tooth fairy discussion is the perfect set-up for the shenanigans of Lachlan O’Lachlan.

Here’s my pre-Spring Break schedule for this hysterical happening…

Material needed:

  • How to Catch the Tooth Fairy (Adam Wallace/Andy Elkerton)
  • How to Catch a Leprechaun (Adam Wallace/Andy Elkerton)
  • 4 notes from Lachlan (Make them miniature since he’s small)
  • 1 small gold hat
  • gold plastic coins
  • gold glitter
  • boxes (1 per pair of students)
  • construction paper
  • scissors, tape, string, etc.

Day 1 – I ask the kids if they’d like me to read How to Catch the Tooth Fairy but it comes with a warning. Every year I read it, Lachlan visits and creates havoc. In spite of my warning, they beg me to read it. So I do!

Day 2 – Nothing happens.

Day 3 – Turn over a few chairs. Toss some pencils, markers and glue sticks on the floor. Use gold glitter to create a trail of where our visitor went while in our classroom.
Kids find Lachlan’s note. It reads…

Dear Mrs. Kell, I heard you reading How to Catch the Tooth Fairy the other day. I liked it. I played in the loft. Glue sticks are fun. Your friend, Lachlan O’Lachlan

Day 4 – Turn over a few chairs and move tables around. Make a mess of games and puzzles. Place gold hat in a not-so-easy-to-see spot. Use gold glitter to create a trail of places he visited in the classroom.
Kids find Lachlan’s note. It reads…

Dear Mrs. Kell, I just had to come back and play. I played some games and a puzzle. Your friend, Lachlan O’Lachlan

Day 5 – Turn over chairs and move bookcases. Make marks in each student’s writing journal. Place How to Catch a Leprechaun in sight of kids. Use gold glitter to create a trail.
Kids find Lachlan’s note. It reads…

Dear Mrs. Kell, You have so many fun things. I had a great time reading the journals. And I wrote in them, too. PS. Do you have a lost and found? I lost my hat. Your friend, Lachlan O’Lachlan

Day 6 (the day before Spring Break begins) – Make a mess in the classroom. Use gold glitter to create a trail. By this time, the kids want to catch him!
Kids find Lachlan’s note. It reads…

Dear Mrs. Kell, Oh, no! I see your book about catching leprechauns. You can’t catch me. Ha Ha! Your friend, Lachlan O’Lachlan

Afternoon of Day 6 – We read How to Catch a Leprechaun and pair the kids up to create traps. This activity fosters collaboration, idea sharing and compromise. They present their traps to the class and explain their choices.

I tell the kids that I’ll check the traps over Spring Break. After dismissal, I take pictures of different trap scenarios and send them to the parents over Spring Break so the kids get a live update. Maybe this will be the year we catch Lachlan O’Lachlan!