Did you know that Home Depot offers a FREE Kids' Workshop on the first Saturday of every month? I am so excited that C is old enough to participate in the Home Depot Kids' Workshops now! In my opinion, 2.5 years old and up is age-appropriate for this activity (with a parent's help!)
The Kids' Workshops are generally held from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM on Saturday mornings, but check with your local Home Depot to verify the schedule. At our Home Depot, they are held in the lumber section of the store, although when the weather is nice I have also seen them set up outside the front of the store, too. Some Home Depots request that you register online for the Kids' Workshop, but at ours, you just show up.
Check in at the table, where they'll give each child a (FREE) Home Depot orange apron and project kit. Home Depot sets up a super long, low table with upside-down 5-gallon buckets to use as stools. Grab a spot and open the project kit, which contains the supplies needed to make each project - instructions, wood, nails, stickers, etc. Hammers, paint, wood glue, and other shareable supplies are available on the table to use. It is so cute seeing all the kids in their orange aprons hammering away (many with their dads)! If you don't have time to do the project (or finish), you can take the project kit home - as long as you have some basic tools and supplies (hammer, paint, etc.), most of the other supplies are included.
One of my favorite parts is that each kid gets a lapel pin unique to each monthly project they create; they can put these pins on their orange apron for the following month to show their Kids' Workshop "street cred". :) Some of the elementary school-aged kids had dozens and dozens of pins on their aprons from past months!
C has participated the past two months and loved it both times! He made a birdhouse-shaped rain gauge in March and a bunny-shaped box in April. The first Saturday of the month coincides with my moms' Bible study, so it is a great activity to occupy C and daddy while I'm out!
If you're interested in the schedule for the rest of 2017, here it is (and a terrible photocopy of the project pictures):
May 6, 2017 - Flower PlanterJune 3, 2017 - Tic Tac Toe GameJuly 1, 2017 - Bug HouseAugust 5, 2017 - PENSKE TruckSeptember 2, 2017 - Pencil HolderOctober 7, 2017 - Fire House BankNovember 4, 2017 - HumveeNovember 25, 2017 - Christmas Tree OrnamentDecember 2, 2017 - Gingerbread HouseJanuary 6, 2018 - Block Calendar