Review: Free Kids Model Building Workshop
Parents with kids age 4-10: Have you tried the Lowe’s and Home Depot kids workshops? If not, you should!!
My daughter is 4.5 years old, and she’s been attending these workshops for about 6 months. It’s something we can do together as a family and it doesn’t cost a dime. The first time you attend your child will be given a free apron that looks like the ones employees wear but smaller, as well as a pair of safety goggles. They lend you the tools needed (must be returned), and they give you the model featured that week – free to keep! They also reward completion of the model with a certificate and patch that can be sewn on your child’s apron.
We love these kids clinics because it’s a chance to spend family time together. It gets us out of the house, and costs nothing. It’s also a chance to watch our daughter develop problem solving skills, learn to build things and read the illustrated directions (she can only read a little, so the pictures help!) My little girl is getting pretty good at swinging a hammer too. It’s enough to make any mother proud!
One interesting thing I’ve observed at the many clinics we’ve attended is how other people interact with their kids in this atmosphere. I’m a do-it-herselfer through and through, and I’m a perfectionist. When my husband and I try to do projects together it usually doesn’t end well (ha!) I’ve always said WE should make one of those home improvement shows to show people how that REALLY goes!! But being able to see others interact with their kids is eye opening. One clinic in particular, we were building a cute little schoolhouse. The last step was to put stickers on the model (the BEST part, according to my daughter!) The lady next to us had already corrected me on part of the process (apparently I had put one piece on inside out so the tiny pilot hole was on the inside. It didn’t matter once we pounded the nails in, but she said I had done it all wrong. 😉 Keep in mind, I’ve remodeled entire homes (yes, more than one) almost singlehandedly. But, I digress. Anyway, at the step where we added stickers, my daughter put the windows on the roof instead of the walls. She thought they looked better there. The lady next to us was horrified, and I looked over to see her showing her daughter (who was about to cry) how to line up the sticker exactly straight on the model. My husband walked over, took one look at my lil girl’s model and said, “Oh cool honey! Skylights!!”
Being a mom has taught me that we may not be perfect but we sure have a lot of fun.
Find the next Lowe’s kids clinic here, and the next Home Depot kids clinic here. Lowe’s recommends that you preregister on their website (be sure to print out the form and bring it along). It’s not required, but saves a little time when you get there. Home Depot doesn’t have online preregistration yet.