How to Create Fun and Interesting Woodworking Projects for Children
Sometimes, it can be difficult to interest children in lessons that hold lifelong value. The key with these types of activities is to make sure that the lessons being taught are interactive, rewarding, and have a little bit of fun thrown in. For as long as memory allows, most public school systems have offered a form of woodshop classes as a way to teach children what can end up being either a lifelong hobby, or in the case of future carpenters, future full-time employment. Many times, kids end up taking these elective classes as a sure-fire way to make a good grade. However, there are those among us who take these classes and begin a lifelong interest in creating amazing, intricate items using all types of woodworking equipment, from manual pieces to power chop saw.
First and foremost, if your child is going to be participating in these types of projects, make sure he or she does not have any sort of medical condition or take any sort of medication that would be contraindicated from working with power tools, such as the most powerful miter saw that has tons of reviews. Once that is out of the way, a good idea to keep your child interested in these types of projects is to interact with him/her during home hours. While it is important to known and trust that your child’s shop teacher will possess the requirements for teaching children how to work with this equipment, it may be a good idea to use some of the equipment you have in your home garage as a starting point to evaluate your child’s ability to safely work with this type of equipment.
Once the project is started, it is important to follow through with your child until completion. Completing a woodworking project from start through finish will give your child a great sense of accomplishment. My nephew’s first woodworking project was a simple small box with a hinged lid. It had quite the intricate design on the lid portion of it, and he was so proud to bring it home and present it as a gift in which I could keep small valuables, such as my wallet and watch. Come to think of it, it’s been about 4 years, and the box still resides on the top of my dresser, as a great place to keep hold of my watches. When he was finished with the project, we found it very important to shower him with immense praise, as if he had just finished building the next competitor to the Empire State Building. This boosted his confidence and furthered his imagination when it came to building more complex projects later in the school year.
So, overall, the point described here by the brief example of my nephew’s first woodworking project was that it is important to keep involved with your child during any woodshop project they may bring home. While most of the work will be done in the classroom, you can augment your child’s ability, skill level, and confidence by staying involved in the project from start to finish. Again, if you possess similar equipment at home, it is important to familiarize your child with the same both at home and in the classroom. When coupled with praise given at the completion of the project, this can lead to a fun overall experience that will provide your child with the confidence necessary to tackle some of the more important challenges that life may throw his/her way. Who knew that woodworking could have such a major impact in a child’s future?