Getting kids active takes work. Helping them learn a skill they can use the rest of their lives can be even more difficult. Thankfully, by checking out your local hardware store, you may find some classes for your elementary schooler to help them learn these important skills.
Teaching Them New Skills
Most schools no longer teach kids how to handle tools safely. These hardware store workshops pick up where schools have failed. By teaching younger children the skills they need to handle tools safely, fewer accidents can occur.
However, these handy workshops are not just about teaching kids how to safely use the everyday tools they may see around the house. It is about teaching them do-it-yourself skills that will last them throughout their lives. Kids get a sense of accomplishment from finishing their projects, even if they do not look perfect. Most stores hand out certificates when the project is completed, giving them even more to be proud of.
Hardware store workshops know that it is important for parents to be equally involved. That is why they encourage parents to stick around for the class and help. The idea is to let your child do the bulk of the work, but offering encouragement and holding parts while your child hammers in the nails is important. You could even learn a few skills yourself to help you unlock your inner handyman.
Keeping Them Busy
The classes are age appropriate. They are geared towards kids as young as four or five years old and go all the way to 12 years old. The projects are simple enough to keep the little kids from getting frustrated but complex enough to allow the older kids to do the majority themselves while not getting bored.
Releasing their Creativity
These hardware store workshops help to unleash your child’s creativity. Yes, they’ll have to follow the project plans to complete them. However, once the item is built, they can paint and decorate it any way they please. It is fun to see how they decide to decorate their completed project.
Depending on the time of year, your kids will get to make different items, some of which can be used as presents for family members. During May and June, most stores have kids make items that are easy to give to parents for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. In December, kids learn how to create items that are great Christmas presents for family members.
You can find classes for kids in most larger cities. Large chains offer them once a month, usually the first Saturday of the month. Smaller areas may still offer classes. You simply need to check with your local store in order to find out the times.
Hardware store classes are a great way to get your kids interested in learning how to build things themselves. Working with your hands is fun and a great outlet. It can also lead to a new hobby.