September 25, 2012

Home Depot Workshops

My kids love the clinics at Home Depot.  They actually started going last summer.  Even though my son is technically too young they have always let him participate and he has the best time.  He has learned to read the instructions himself and even do a lot of the hammering on his own.  We recently went to the Lorax sponsored workshop where they got to build a bulletin board.
Home Depot Clinic - Bulletin Board {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}          Home Depot Clinic - Bulletin Board 2 {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
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.
Home Depot Clinic - Bulletin Board 4 {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}          Home Depot Clinic - Bulletin Board 5 {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
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 . . . .
Home Depot Clinic - Bulletin Board 6 {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}         Home Depot Clinic - Bulletin Board 7 {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
We also made a football game on a different day.  They got to use screws for this one which was different as most projects use nails.  It also can with a printed sheet that can be folded into a triangular football so they can actually try to flick it through the goal posts they made. 
Home Depot Clinic - Football Game 3 {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}          Home Depot Clinic - Football Game 2 {A Sprinkle of This . . . . A Dash of That}
If you haven’t checked out these clinics yet I highly recommend them – even if you think your kids are too young.  The projects are pretty simple.

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