Sometimes it is hard to get children to do anything more than sitting around watching TV or playing video games. I like to see my kids go outside and play or use their minds for something creative. Derek’s post about wood working projects is great, a fabulous way to inspire a child’s creativity. In his post Derek said kids love to make things. That is so true and definitely something that can be encouraged easily, even with the little ones.
Making small and simple wood projects is a great way to introduce kids to woodworking and DIY projects. If you have a Home Depot or Lowes in your area, you can introduce your kids to many simple projects for free. Once a month on the first Saturday, Home Depot has a kid’s workshop for ages 5 -12, where they make things like birdhouses, tool boxes, planter boxes, cars, boats, etc. The kids get an apron and are taught the basics of tool safety and get great do-it-yourself skills. The next two kids workshop projects are a Paper Football Game on Saturday September 6th and a Whistle Fire Truck on Saturday October 4th.
Lowes has their Build and Grow Clinics twice a month, usually the second and fourth Saturdays. My husband always takes our 9-year-old daughter to these (we sometimes forget about the Home Depot ones, they sneak up on the first Saturday).
She absolutely loves the workshops. She is a big time “make it” girl. She has a whole shelf where her proudly made projects are displayed in her room. She loves to show everyone her projects that she made, and she loves to give some of them away as gifts. Many times they make seasonal projects that are great for presents; like in May at Home Depot she made a box full of wooden flowers that she gave to me for Mother’s Day. In June, she made a memory box for dad at Lowes. Last October she made a creepy spider, in November a turkey recipe holder, and in December a snowman Christmas card holder.
Soon she’ll be ready to move on from the basics to really building things. She always helps dad in his workshop all the time, unlike me she’s not spooked by the power tools.
The workshops are a great way for her and my husband to bond; that’s their thing that they do. And the greatest thing is that it is free. You can’t beat free.
Check your local stores for times and sign up sheets. Or you can sign up online for the Lowes’ workshops.
[This post was written by Wenona Napolitano.]
Image credits: fire truck -HomeDepot.com, pirate ship- LowesBuildandGrow.com