My little helpers!
If you have kids and you haven't heard of Home Depot's Kids Workshops you should definitely check it out. It is the first weekend of every month, and it is completely FREE. Each month the kids get a little kit to make something usually using a hammer, nails and glue. They also give the kids their own kid-sized apron, a pin for every project and a coloring sheet and certificate of completion.
At Christmas time the girls made these snowmen napkin holders:
Based on the paint job, you can probably tell which one was made by the 5 year old and which one is the handywork of a 2 year old.
My kids ADORE IT! Lowe's also has a similar program, but they require reservations and we have never been able to register without it being full. Home Depot's program is "first come first served" until the kits run out.
This month's project was window bird feeders that the girls are proudly displaying:
It is a great mommy-daughter bonding time every month, and I love watching the girls gain confidence with their abilities to build stuff with their own two hands. I have already seen their ability to hold and hammer a nail and properly use a screwdriver improve.
I am thrilled with anything that makes it easier to inspire the next generation of do-it-HERselfers!