If you are wondering how you can stimulate your child’s creativity why not try to do a woodworking project with your kids. Children love to play with tools and create stuff, but many parents don’t have much confidence in their child being able to work with tools responsibly.
The biggest inhibition is that many are downright scared that accidents might occur.
This is a shame because it’s not hard to teach your kids responsibility towards safety in woodworking and materials maintenance.
The only thing that’s crucial is that the parent should always be present and attending the project. So never leave a young child alone at the workbench, even if he or she promises not to touch anything while you’re away for a minute.
Be patient. If your kid doesn’t strike the nail correctly the first time, don’t take the work away from them. Practice and stimulate.
To make sure your child stays focused and stays clear of danger you have to pick a woodworking project that the child understands. It has to be simple, clearly laid out and executable in one day, preferably within hours.
The latter is vital as children have a different feeling of time than adults. If a project takes too long, the child will lose interest. You must always remember that children want to play.
A good practice before starting any wood project is to teach your child how to hold a hammer and nail, or how to use a saw properly. Let them play around with small pieces of wood. Tell them to make a sword for instance, or a simple airplane. Both are cross-shaped, and with some children’s fantasy they will turn out to be cool.
As soon as they understand wood and the necessary tools you can try to move up to the next level.
You can introduce them to new tools, shapes and plans. But keep it simple. Don’t show them the power tools just because they can hold a hand saw.
Another question is at what age your children can start woodworking. A safe age is at seven years old, but there’s plenty of kids that start earlier than that. If your kid shows genuine interest, you can start by giving them a small hammer and a nail. If they like it, you might consider building or buying them a small children’s workbench.
The sheer joy that comes from building wooden toys is overwhelming. If you’ve worked with wood before or are new to woodworking the sense of accomplishment as you shape a piece of unfinished wood into an expensive toy for your child or grandchildren is beyond rewarding. Creating a toy that can last for decades and be passed down for generations to come is a fabulous gift for your family. Wooden toys educate the mind as they unlock a child’s imagination. The building can even become a new tradition in your home. Allowing your grandchild to be present and help while making the wood toy parts will instill in them confidence and pride. It is also a fantastic way to bond with kids. They feel special and quite important standing on a stool assisting dad or grandfather in the process. A simple wooden play set or truck can become the most cherished toy in the universe because you made it just for them.