Does your daughter recognize the type of screwdriver you use as readily as the type of iPad she can buy? In today’s high-tech world, hands-on skills get short shrift and parents struggle to pull their kids away from mobile devices, 3D televisions and video game consoles for even a minute.
Plus, too many social attitudes still suggests that girls don't need to learn about (or aren't interested in) tools!
Editors at The Family Handyman compiled a list of nine ways you can get your kids off the couch and into the workshop with dad this summer. They just might like it! Here are the first 4 tips (look for the rest tomorrow)
1. Introduce tools one or two at a time.
Kids are easily frustrated. Be careful not to go too fast. Let kids handle a tool, see how it works and feel a sense of accomplishment with it before moving on to another one.
2. Work at their height.
You don’t like a work surface that’s too high, low or wobbly, and neither do kids. You can buy child-size workbenches from school supply catalogs, cut down an existing workbench or make one yourself. The workbench top should be at least 2 x 4 ft. and stand 24 in. high for preschoolers and 27 in. high for elementary-age kids.
3. Screw into drywall first.
Start some screws in a scrap of drywall and let the kids screw them in with a screwdriver or a kid-size cordless screwdriver. Drywall is a lot easier to screw into than wood.
4. Whack on bubble wrap.
To a kid who’s not quite ready to drive nails, nothing feels better than whap, crackle and pop. Supply a kid-size hammer or a rubber mallet.