Thursday, October 18, 2007

Kids & Woodworking

You'd be surprised what kids can make with wood, even at an early age. Bird houses, toys, puzzles, picture frames, shelves. There are several good books devoted to teaching woodworking to children.

I don't have kids of my own, but two other people and I helped the youth group at our church learn how to correctly use hammers, electric drills, and handsaws...and we and the kids loved it. Kids need to work with their hands. Learning woodworking at an early age builds confidence, mathmatical skills, eye-hand coordination, resourcefulness, and problem-solving skills. 10 year olds can be taught to use a scroll saw and younger children can be taught to use hammers, hand drills, hand saws, and all sorts of measuring tools.

Creating things with your hands is becoming a lost art in our younger generations, who instead prefer to sit in front of a computer or text their friends (I know how curmudgeonly that sounds, and I'm only 43!). If you have a child, I encourage you to build something with him or her. You'll be spending time together, you'll be creating something, and I guarantee that you both will benefit from the experience.

Link added 10.20.07 for kids and woodworking programs.

4 comments:

Identity Mixed said...

I can't wait until my boys are old enough that I can do things with them like this! I see all the ads for workshops at Home Depot and get excited.... Can we build a birdhouse together yet? They're 2 1/2 and 7 months now, so no saws yet.

The Village Carpenter said...

They're a little young yet, but you're a good mom!!!

Here's an interesting link for you:
http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesArticle.aspx?id=29548

The Village Carpenter said...

I added the link to the main post at the bottom, if you have trouble copying and pasting the one in the comment above.

Identity Mixed said...

Cool! Thanks!

Our 2 year old asks to go to the craft store all the time. Loves to glitter and glue and paint. I love watching his little creativity.