Those are my kids<3. We're at our local Lowe's Home Improvement store. About twice a month Lowe's offers free Build and Grow Clinics for children old enough to hold a hammer and up:-). If you look at my daughter, she's wearing an apron with a lot of patches. Every patch you see is a project from Lowe's that she has completed. My son loves looking at her patches.
My daughter started going to the build and grow clinics when she was almost 4. My husband discovered these clinics during a trip to Lowe's. You go online to their website, register your child(to make sure they have a kit), and then print out the participant waiver form and bring that in on the day of the event.
This was a special thing that my husband and daughter (and now son:-) ) do together. I help too or bring the kids when my husband can't.
At the build and grow clinic, you hand in your waiver, they give you an apron(if you don't have one already), safety glasses, a hammer, a patch(for the kit you're making), and your kit.
The kits that you receive are basic nail together wood kits with sticker accents. The directions are all pictures and it's not usually more than a few steps.
Today, my husband wasn't feeling well, so I brought our kids. We've worked out a really smooth system for building these. We open the kit, get the pieces laid out, open the nails and go to business.
We do one kit at a time, starting with my son-so he can play with his while we assemble my daughter's kit.
The kits come with pre-drilled holes in the pieces for where your nails go, so I line up the pieces, do the first two hits on the nail with the hammer, then let the kids go to town for a minute pounding away with the hammer. Then I finish the nailing it in(making sure it's as flush as can be. Then we move onto the next step and keep doing this until it's complete:-)
I know, a lot of picture<3
After we nail everything together, the stickers go on, and the playing begins!!! My kids LOVE these little projects and the end results are SO CUTE!!
If you’re terrified to try this at the store, if you sign up, you can hand in your waiver and they’ll let you take your kit home;-)
My son is starting to really understand putting things together and thinks he is SO COOL to do the same thing as his sister:-). His apron patch collection has started to grow:-)
It’s an awesome activity for boys and girls a like to do together and it’s free!!! You have nothing to lose if you try it;-)
Remember….They Will Love Your Effort<3