Every March 17th, those of us in the US celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. And the most popular and recognizable mascot for that holiday, of course, is a leprechaun. I remember being a kid searching for four-leaf clovers, making sure I had plenty of green on, looking for leprechauns, and trying to find the end of the rainbow where the pot of gold was supposed to be. The Irish folklore surrounding the holiday is rich and carries a lot of fun traditions. As you get ready for St. Patrick’s Day, check out our collection of leprechaun coloring pages that will help you and your family add some festive art for the big day.
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A Short History of Leprechauns
Ironically, leprechauns were not incredibly popular in much of Irish folklore. In contrast, they were considered a type of fairy creature that enjoyed solitude. Traditionally, leprechauns are depicted as small bearded men apparelled in green with a pilgrims hat. Leprechauns were originally associated with mischief and pranks. It was not until later that the legend expanded, and the beings became cobblers, added the pot of gold, and wishes were added to the legend. Leprechauns have entered our popular culture through popular cereal advertising college mascots and have even been the horror movie franchise’s antagonist.
Your kids will love coloring our selection of leprechaun coloring pages. Make sure to stock up on your green colored pencils or crayons. These cheerful coloring pages depict these festive small men with all the holiday symbols. These fun leprechauns are dressed in their dapper best for March 17th. Some will appear mischievous, others just jolly. Whatever the type of leprechaun you pick, it will be festive and fun. Leprechauns are also associated with luck, so perhaps coloring some leprechaun coloring pages will bring some luck to your kids and family.
Of course, one of the most intriguing things about the leprechaun’s legend is that they are all loaded. Leprechauns, apparently, invested in gold, and they don’t put it in Fort Knox. They like to hide it at the end of the rainbows and out in fields. A gold coloring page depicting leprechauns with their gold pots brings to life one of the most interesting parts of the legend. Your kids will love learning about and coloring the leprechauns and their pots of gold.
As I mentioned before, St. Patrick’s day and leprechauns are associated a lot with luck. And, of course, it is incredibly lucky to find a four-leafed clover. Your child will enjoy searching for these shapes within the leprechaun coloring sheets.
Another of the more famous symbols associated with the holiday is the rainbow. The infamous rainbow is literally impossible to find the end of; trust me, I tried many times as a child. As your child colors these pictures, they will love adding the colors of the rainbow. Or, as they color a sheet that does not have a rainbow present, they could add a rainbow to the background of the coloring page.Our collection of leprechaun coloring pages provides an excellent chance for your kids to exercise their creativity. It gives parents a fun way to teach more about the holiday’s history.