We start by laying out all the pieces and unfolding the directions. Then they each pick out the pieces they need first. My daughter is pretty independent at this point but I still need to get the nails started for my son. (They also provide you with an apron – which we always forget to bring with us – and safety glasses – which we should be wearing). Then we split up. One of us works with each kid.
My daughter loves the pink tools. I guess they do that so you don’t steal them. When we first started going they had kid size hammers and you go to keep the first one. We added ours to my kids tool boxes. You can see the post about those here. And before you know it . . . . a finished project to take home . . . .