Do you live near a Home Depot?
If so, I highly recommend checking out the FREE do-it-yourself workshops for kids offered once per month (usually in the morning on the first Saturday of each month, with an extra event around the holidays). A wonderful friend introduced us to these workshops around Thanksgiving, and our boys now look forward to attending the monthly activities. Children are provided everything they need to complete a project (with help from an adult) to include materials (wood, paint, stickers, etc.), access to tools (usually a hammer and/or screwdriver) detailed instructions, a commemorative pin, a Home Depot apron (on which children can proudly attach their commemorative pins), and a certificate of achievement. Once a child has completed 25 workshops, they receive a special commemorative pin!
Dominic Jones, pictured above, is only 6 years old but has already achieved his "25th Workshop" pin (pictured in the gallery below!). Since workshops are available all over the United States, Dominic has been able to attend the DIY workshops every month for over two years, even if traveling out of state with his family. After seeing first-hand how comfortable Dominic is with tools, paints, and project assembly at our local Home Depot workshops, my children are each working towards their own "25th Workshop" pins! I recommend these events for both boys and girls, ages four and above (though a younger child might be able to complete the projects with additional parental assistance).
Benefits of DIY Workshops
I am not at all affiliated with Home Depot, but I have found there are a lot of reasons to attend these fun workshops. Clearly, the top reason is that the workshops are fun and children enjoy getting to take home projects such as toy vehicles, helicopters, picture frames, or the "block calendar" that is being offered in January 2018. Here are a few more reasons:
-Children become familiar with tools in a safe environment
-Gets the kids out of the house when the weather isn't conducive to outdoor play
-Provides time away from electronic toys
-A fun way to bond with a parent or other relative
-No mess! Home Depot sets up a spacious workspace and cleans up after the event!
-Fun with friends! It's free, so invite a friend and have a great no-cost play date!
How do I sign up?
Visit www.homedepot.com and select "DIY Projects and Ideas" and "FREE DIY Workshops" to see what is available in your area. Register ahead of time and show up early if you want your best chance to complete the monthly featured activity -but don't worry, if the store runs out of the featured monthly project they always have back-up activities on hand.
If you have attended a Home Depot DIY Kids Workshop, please share your experience in the comments section below! Have fun!
Kristina Johnson is a homeschooling mama who is passionate about childhood education and the quest for a healthy, clean lifestyle. Visit the "about" section to learn more about Kristina, her family of seven, and the mission of the "learning and laughing" website.