"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.)
they make them build traps in school?ReplyDelete
Yes, they do. As long as it's not a parent trap, we're okay! ;0)Delete
But it is great that he needs to build stuff and learn along the way.ReplyDelete
It is a cool project. And there are no directions for how to do it, so you really have to use your imagination.Delete
I knew you'd be pleased! ;0)Delete
haha that will work. Be sure and share the pot of goldReplyDelete
Of course. All my blog buddies get a piece of the pot!Delete
The perfect trapReplyDelete
I thought it was pretty good, too.Delete
That's one of the top three best leprechaun traps I've ever seen.ReplyDelete
When you put two creative minds together, you come up with something pretty cool! I'll tell my boy you approve of his trap. ;0)Delete
That's an awesome trap. I wish I'd learned how to build traps in school. Instead, I learned stupid, useless things like math. And math.ReplyDelete
Ha! Yeah. Leprechaun traps are really useful. I'm sure it's going to make us rich! ;0)Delete
Cool Leprechaun trap. Thanks for sharing the picture of it.ReplyDelete
You're welcome. I'm still kind of amazed it turned out so good.Delete
Great job mamReplyDelete
I guess I'll have to hand it to the teacher for some creative ways to get the kids thinking. Or is this part of the Common Core curriculum?ReplyDelete
Worthy trap though I'd say.
Tossing It Out
Honestly, I don't know. It's probably a Common Core thing. But it's a cool way for kids to learn about simple machines.Delete
Nice trap! What's funny is that a couple of years ago I tried telling my nephews how to set up a Leprechaun trap on St. Patrick's Day. They tried it, but no Leprechaun. Maybe yours will work. ;)ReplyDelete
Thanks! I'll let you know if it does.Delete
Lol! A go kart is always the preferred choice for building with boys. Good job on problem solving and taking a plan and making it work. Tell him it's a nice job. Except the part about actually catching a Leprechaun.ReplyDelete
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We got the book, Dangerous Book for Boys. There's a plan for how to build a go-kart in it. Perhaps one day we'll try tackling that project.Delete
Woohoo! It looks like you'll catch a lot of leprechauns with that!ReplyDelete
It's a double trap. Sure to work!Delete
Awesome! Let me know if it works. I've got a ton of Lego to use to make my own. :)ReplyDelete
Definitely keep those. And blocks and Tinker toys if you have them. You never know how they might be used for school projects.Delete
It is wonderful that you not only amuse your son, but encourage his curiosityReplyDelete
I think it's important to encourage a kid's imagination. Creativity is a good thing!Delete
So wonderfully creative. I can never remember our homework being such funReplyDelete
I never did anything like this, either. It was always the diorama,poster or report thing.Delete
I thought so, too.Delete
Sounds like a tough but interesting project. Glad you two had fun working on it together. :)ReplyDelete