Everyone knows that Home Depot is the one-stop source for anything and everything that involves building and rebuilding something. The store has all the materials for any project you can think of, and you can even take lessons about any project you might be trying to undertake. While you may be familiar about their adult classes, you should know that they also offer workshops for kids. These workshops are held on one Saturday each month at your local Home Depot. These workshops are great for children and if you’ve never taken you child to one, you should definitely try. There are so many reasons why these workshops are good, not just for your child but also for you.
The workshops offer DIY projects that are appropriate for children. These projects change monthly, and they sometimes are relevant to the current season or closest holiday to the workshop date. If it’s around the holiday season, some of the most common projects your child can do may include building hanging ornaments or other holiday décor. During spring, you might find your child building a flower box or a simple planter. Your child might build toy cars, picture frames, or a variety of any other projects that are both fun and creative.
The best part of all is that it’s all free. Each child will receive a packaged project kit that will contain all the materials and instructions for the build. The use of other project materials and tools will be free as well. In addition, newcomers will get a kid-sized orange Home Depot workman’s apron designed to protect your child’s clothing. His or her name can be written on the front, and the apron can be taken home and brought to future classes. Everything will be provided for your child, and the only thing you’ll need to do is come and participate.
When you let your child participate in Home Depot’s Kids Workshops, you’re letting him or her have an opportunity to learn some valuable skills. Children get an opportunity to work on their fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination. The workshops also give them an opportunity to learn how to follow instructions. You can leave it to be completely child-directed if he or she is able, or you can help them through the instructions as they need. You can also let him or her interpret the instructions however they wish to, if that’s what you think might be beneficial for your child.
Another great opportunity that Home Depot offers in their Kids Workshops is the chance for kids to be able to use real tools. You’ll never come across a plastic hammer or plastic nails. Everything your child will use during a workshop will be tools and materials that builders would use themselves. Of course, all the projects in the workshops will not require your child to do anything that’s beyond their age-appropriate capabilities. But being able to use real wood glue or real staplers is something that can be extremely fascinating and equally beneficial for kids.
You shouldn’t worry about safety because professionals will be on site to guide you if you had any questions. But the most important thing is that you’ll be there alongside your child to guide him or her through the entire process. While children get creative building these projects, you can be right there with them for support to help them build the confidence they might need to tackle projects later on in life. It’s a great way to foster strong communicative and supportive relationships between children and their parents or caretakers. So even if they were wielding a hammer that’s a lot heavier than they can manage, children will know that you’re right there to help them through it.
At the end of each class, children will get a commemorative pin about the particular workshop and a certificate of completion that spells out the child’s name and the date of the project. Children can collect these certificates along with their projects. They can also collect their pins on their Home Depot aprons.
To attend any of these workshops, all you’ll have to do is register your child on Home Depot’s website. Pick a location closest to you, and make sure to sign up before the class to make sure there’s room. And all you’ll have to do next is to show up with your child and enjoy the workshop.
Written by Garrett Parker
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