Home Depot Stores in our area offer a program once a month for kids. The program is free and gives the kids the opportunity to build something with their own two hands.
The projects are basic and (with a little help) can be completed by kids that are big enough to turn a screwdriver or tap a brad in with a lightweight hammer. My three-year-old granddaughter (Ella) and I have done a few of them together and she enjoys them very much, as do I. Sometimes it would be easier (and faster) for grampa to put it together and Ella to play with it but grampa resists the urge unless frustration takes over. Even then, we try to work it out together.
It’s great to see so many youngsters and their parents participating in the program. Working on these simple projects teaches them coordination and how to follow instructions. They get to work with real tools and real wood, and then see their project turn out just like the picture looked. Some of the projects include decals or require painting which also teach patience and coordination…for both the child and the instructor.
If your local home supply store doesn’t offer a program like this, why not start one on your own? There are a ton of projects available online and at local lumber yards, hardware stores and big box home stores. Just make sure they are pre-cut and pre-drilled and the only tools you are likely to need are a small hammer, a Phillips and flat screwdriver and patience. A little wood glue is required for many projects and sometimes you get to paint!
It’s a great way to bond with your kid(s) or grandkid(s) but most of all, it’s just fun! Isn’t that what being a kid (whether three or thirty-three) is all about?
P & B Finishers, Inc. is a full-service, design/build remodeling contractor serving Oakland and Macomb Counties in SE Michigan.