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How to find fun teachable activities for you child
Are you looking for a great activity for your child? One where, not only will they learn but can also be creative? Where they can practice following instructions but also put their own personality into it?
I recently discovered Home Depot’s free DIY Kids Workshops.
Have you heard of these? Have you ever gone?
Now before you get worried, the term workshop in this sense is very, very loose. No one is standing in front of the group leading everyone to start here then do this. There’s no room that it’s always held in, simply a space in the store or right outside. The area is arranged with a few wooden planks set on buckets to either sit on and/or do the projects on. Sometimes families find other areas nearby because there just isn’t enough space. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and clothes you don’t necessarily care whether they get dirty/paint on them.
These have been one of the greatest things we’ve found. Technically, I think it’s for ‘older’ kids but one of the store’s associates mentioned we should come. She said the age isn’t a problem (my little one, when we started going was only 2). I’ve seen little ones younger than my 2 1/2 little one there. Granted, their ability to fully do the project will be limited but why not get them started with the love of building and creating early 🙂
Now for some of the great details:
I’ve researched a few stores around the country and they all seem to happen on the first Saturday of every month. And they hold the workshop in the mornings – 9 am to 12 noon. We’ve always tried to show up before 10. The only time it’s been hard to find a spot to sit or tools to use was at Easter, which we were told was the busiest workshop anyway.
Check with your local Home Depot to see when they are holding these great workshops.
How to Participate
When you arrive to the store, and after you find the area where they are holding the workshop – just listen for hammering 🙂 you need to find the ‘check-in’ table.
You’ll pick up your packet that will include everything you’ll need for the project, including hammers, nails, screwdrivers. Oh, and the kids receive a cool apron to wear during the workshop. They can put their name on it and keep it for future workshops!
If all the hammers and screwdrivers are all taken don’t worry, you’ll find ones lying around or, do what I’ve done and just ask the family next to you if you can borrow theirs quickly. Paint is available at another table with brushes and small paper plates so you can take your own paint colors to where you’re doing your project. And yes :), they have wipes to help clean up after or during the project.
Next you’ll want to open the packet, make sure you have all the pieces (never had a problem with this) and read through the instructions, even if briefly.
I was so excited and anxious the first time we went that I completely skipped this step. I felt so confident that I could make the project that I made what I thought was a logic choice in terms of what pieces to put together first. Well, we still managed to get the project finished but it definitely would have been easier had I read and followed the instructions first.
Once you’ve gotten the basic gist of what you need to do, you get started.
Of course, your child’s age will determine how much you’ll have to help. My little guy loves to hammer, use a screwdriver and paint so technically not much for me to do, right? But starting those little nails is difficult even for me and we’re not that coordinated with painting yet but I try not to help too much besides getting off excess paint (so hopefully it’ll dry a bit faster) so it’ll really be his project and his doing.
Here are just a few fun teachable activities we’ve participated in:
One of the simpler projects, which ended up being great because it gave my little guy ‘more’ to help with.
So let me just say…..this was definitely more in-depth then the others we’ve done. It had so many parts and pieces that if you weren’t paying attention to the instructions something was going to go way wrong, or it was just going to make it that much more difficult to put it together. Needless to say, I took several deep breaths and did my best to follow the instructions while trying to let the little guy do what he could.
Ultimately super awesome, not only because it was a bit challenging but also because it became a working car (the wheels actually move)!
Another fairly simple one and this one had plenty of hammering opportunities 🙂 My little guy was in heaven!
Not only do the kiddos get to make a great creation that they then get to take home but they’ve also learned some great skills for life.
And, on a side note, once they’ve finished they will get an awesome pin and certificate to display their achievement!
So, there you go!
If you’re looking for a new way to spend a Saturday morning or just hoping for different fun teachable activities to introduce to you little one(s) why not try Home Depot’s DIY Kids Workshops!
Find out if your local Home Depot is holding these great workshops.
Have you heard of these? Have you ever gone? Which activity has been your favorite? Please share with us below in the comments. Thanks!