Have you ever tried woodworking with your kids? This might sound daunting. It certainly does to me.
I am not overly gifted with tools. My parents made sure I could hammer a nail and I have a vague recollection of helping to build our fort in the backyard, but that is about it. If they tried to teach me more, which they likely did because they are awesome like that, none of it stuck. The problem is that I am now truly worthless when it comes to teaching my kids about tools and fixing things.
When it comes to our twins, our overall goal is that they will be self sufficient when they leave the house. This of course means that we want them to be able to read and communicate and do basic math, but it means so much more. We think that the life skills are equally as important. We want them to leave the house knowing how to do their laundry, keep their house or apartment or dorm room clean, manage money, cook a meal, and yes, fix things.
Fortunately, my husband is super handy. He does nifty stuff like build light tables and art easels. (He also fixes things which is super awesome and not something I thought to ask when we started dating!) But what do you do when neither parent is handy or you need some outside support/inspiration? You head to Home Depot.
I was completely shocked when I learned that the First Saturday of every month at Home Depot has a FREE (yes you read that right, FREE) Kids Workshop. (Lowe's has a similar program that is likely equally as awesome, we just haven't tried it yet) The kids get a little work apron and do a simple wood working project. They hammer things and paint things and come home with little trucks or picture frames. It is so cool. Our kids go every month and adore it.
I am not affiliated with Home Depot in any way (and I do appologize to Lowe's who just happens to be less convenient for us) but I think this is too great not to share. This is a truly great way to get out in the community, inside a hardware store, and work with tools. Such a simple way to get out there and Learn Through Adventure!
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