You probably know that Home Depot offers free classes for “do it yourselfers,” but did you know they do the same for kids? On the first Saturday of each month they have a free “Kids Workshop” from 9am-noon where kids get to assemble a kit of some kind with the help of an adult.
If you’ve ever been at a Home Depot during one of these events you can always find the kids – just follow the hammering noise! A table is set up at kid height, and a hammer is always involved. What’s the fun of just gluing something together? BANG BANG BANG! Each child gets a kid-sized Home Depot apron (they even write the child’s name on it, just like the employee aprons) and a metal pin with a photo of the kit they completed – so the next month you can show up wearing the apron and pin, and get a new pin. The kit typically requires some hammering, glue and stickers – so minimal clean up is involved.
They recommend the workshops for ages 5-12, but my 3 1/2 year old did fine (and I can’t imaging my now 8 year old wanting to do this at age 12). The woman running the program at the East Memphis Home Depot told me attendance has been up lately (I’d like to think I had something to do with that). She actually ran out of kits for the advertised class, but went out back and found substitutes. I was so glad to see she was able to find something for the kids to do instead of turning them away. That was nice of her.
This is such a fun activity for your young boys and girls. Lowe’s also offers a similar program but registration is required. Watch the EMM Calendar for upcoming Saturday workshops so your kid can practice their hammering skills and get an apron!