The last PD day that it was sunny, we took advantage of the situation to assemble and fire one of the miniature trebuchets that we received for Christmas. We are the type of family that received two trebuchets from different sources.
We had a great time firing it, so we recorded our fun and games for posterity. This video is a wee “instructional” video on how to set up the string to get a decent chance of firing forward. If you are lucky, it will also throw things farther than a foot or two.
If you are going to play with trebuchets, please use all reasonable precautions. They do tend to misfire an inordinate fraction of the time. The rocks mentioned here were very small.