Anything even vaguely resembling a hoop is fair game for a shot-- which is why my poor lamp looks like this:
The pole is supposed to go straight up the center of the shade, see. I'm not even going to bother to fix it until Big grows out of this stage-- it would just be a waste of time. So, for the meantime we'll live with our skewampus lamp and be glad it still works.
Oh, and in case you were thinking of trying it out.... if your child drops the ginormous tub of Philly cream cheese on the floor, yes, it does come out in one big glob. Ideal for cream cheese castle making if you so desire!