I’ve recently discovered that not everyone knows about the Home Depot Kids Workshops. I’ve known about them for several years, but our attendance has been sporadic until recently. Most people know about the workshops they offer for adults, the ones that show people how to different things, like retile a bathroom or install cabinets, but once a month they offer a kids workshop. The first Saturday of every month, from 9am to noon, there is a Kids Workshop available for kids ages 5-12. I’ve seen younger kids there, but they may require more parental assistance. This is also a free activity, which to someone on a budget, that makes it even better!
If you arrive early enough, or if your store is prepared enough, they have little Home Depot aprons for the kids. They write their names on them and it makes a great place to put the pins they get for completing the project. When you arrive, they give you your kit, which contains all the pieces, including nails. You then find your area and follow the simple, step-by-step directions for assembly. I’m not sure why, but Arthur likes to crouch on the bucket seats our store uses. Maybe he thinks he’s Gollum?
Sometimes the projects require painting, which they provide, and don’t worry, the paint washes out of clothes. Chiara loves the painting part! Note the cuteness of the apron?
Our store, and I’m sure others as well, does a safety weekend once a year. The above picture was from our first safety weekend and the kids built ambulances.
This month, for our safety weekend, the kids built these awesome firetrucks. These were really simple, simple enough that my 5 and 8 year old were able to assemble them with almost no assistance from me.
I know, especially in the summer, it can be difficult to find things to occupy your children. You want to keep their minds engaged and prevent them from completely vegging out in front of the tv. This may only be a single activity, once a month, but it’s fun and helps build their confidence. After all, when they go home, they have something physical to show for their effort. Something they can play with, and given that it’s made of wood, it can be sturdier than some store bought toys.
I highly suggest checking out the Home Depot website, search their workshops page and click on the kids workshop link. You won’t regret it and I’m sure your kids will love it!