"Mama," my ten-year-old son said. "I have to make a go kart."
"What?" I said. I wondered why in the world he'd need one of those.
"I have a school project. I have to make playground equipment or a leprechaun trap which uses six simple machines."
I thought about that. "Dude. I don't think a go kart qualifies as playground equipment, or a leprechaun trap. And besides, how are you going to build a go kart?"
He shrugged. "I thought you'd help."
Uh huh. A science project for parents.
"You're going to do this. And it's not going to be a go kart or some other monstrosity that we can't transport to school."
After a lot of talking about it, we finally settled on the Leprechaun trap. Of course, he didn't know where to begin. So I scribbled some ideas, using the six simple machines. Then I hauled up the Legos and blocks. "Here you go, kid. Figure it out."
He did. With a little help from his Lego Master Mama.
Here's what we have:
What do you think? I'm fully expecting to catch a leprechaun. (I'll let you know if we do.)