Most five year olds are busy eating glue, but inventive tyke Sam Houghton watched his pop sweeping out the yard and came up with an idea for a better broom. "I was swapping from one broom to the other and he asked why," explains Houghton's father. "When I said it was to pick up the different leaves and twigs it must have got him thinking. He got a large elastic band from the shed and put it over the two brooms, holding them just the right way to use both together."
Sam, who's reportedly a fan of Nick Park's animated inventors Wallace & Gromit, explained his design succinctly: "I saw my Daddy brushing up and made it. There are two brushes because one gets the big bits and one gets the little bits left behind."
Although the Houghtons have no plans to start selling the device, Sam's innovation is protected: Houghton senior works as a patent lawyer and promptly hooked up the paperwork.