I’m not exactly Mrs. FixIt, just ask my husband. I once tried to hang a picture frame, we ended up with a 2″ hole in the wall. True story.
It is exactly for that reason that I want my children to have some kind of an idea about what to do with tools. Mostly, I don’t want them to be afraid of the building experience. Thankfully Lowe’s Home Improvement stores is there to help!
Twice a month Lowe’s hosts FREE (woo hoo!) clinics to teach children how to build things. Clinics are held twice a month on Saturday & Sunday. When you arrive the child is given all the tools and safety equipment they need to build a craft kit. Our last visit happened to fall on a day they were making “scarers” (noise makers) for the Monsters University movie.
If you are like me and not the handiest of people I suggest bringing someone who is, because the kit directions are pictures and had me stumped. I wasn’t the only one who was confused so I’m going to assume this kit was more complicated than most.
I worked with my 6 year old son first, and he didn’t really care how his craft kit turned out so I had a practice 😉 While he played with his toy the 8 year old, 10 year old and I settled in to make their scarers the right way, and they turned out really cute 🙂
When the craft kits are complete the children turn in their tools and are presented with a badge. My kids have been collecting badges for a while, I guess I need to get around to making them something to display them.
The kids really enjoyed their time with me and I enjoyed my time out of the house on a Saturday morning. We’ll be going to the next clinic but I think I’m going to drag my husband with us this time, you know, for moral support 😉
Things you need to know:
To ensure the availability of a craft kit you need to register your child for each clinic at http://lowesbuildandgrow.com/ (and arrive on time! All kits not claimed within 15 minutes of the clinic start time can be given to other kids!)
After registration you will be presented with a waiver to sign and bring to the clinic
Don’t assume the employee will be able to help you build (ask me how I know, LOL!)
Recommended age: 12 & under
Reading level required: none
Skill level required: none
Parental involvement: required
Company website: http://lowesbuildandgrow.com/
Meg Grooms is a long-time homeschooling mother of 6 children, ranging in age from preschool to married with kids of their own. Always a vagabond at heart, Meg and her family have embraced a slow travel lifestyle and currently call Southern California home. Your guess is as good as hers as to where they’ll end up next.
Meg blogs about secular homeschooling and gameschooling at Homeschool Gameschool.