As the weather grows cooler, kids (and parents) may want to do some hands-on, indoor activities. Consider hosting a workshop to teach children how to use tools and to build a fun project that they can play with afterward.
Kids are naturally interested in building, and a hardware retail store is a perfect place for them to learn these exciting new skills and introduce them to the products they will be using to create something by themselves. For years, home-improvement stores, such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, have had standing weekend programs that provide kids with the opportunity to complete a project. Retailers looking to provide a similar program should consider the following tips:
For years, home-improvement stores have had standing weekend programs that provide kids with the opportunity to complete a project.
- Provide a theme. Halloween is a great time to introduce projects that are linked to popular movies or characters. This past summer, Lowe’s offered a series of projects based on the Avengers movies. Projects included Captain America’s motorcycle, Black Widow’s sky cycle, Iron Man’s avenjet and Hulk’s tank.
- Create an appropriate setup. Kids are going to make mistakes, so you should create an area where you don’t mind the occasional hammer blow, nail scratch or paint drip. “Kids need the freedom to make mistakes, messes, etc., without worrying about creating tension in the adult,” Built by Kids blogger Timothy Dahl notes.
- Have plenty of tools on hand. Craig Stevens, author of Woodshop 101 for Kids, recommends the following basics:
- 12-foot measuring tape
- 12-inch wooden ruler
- 7- to 10-ounce hammer (older children can probably handle a 16-ounce tool)
- Flathead and Phillips screwdrivers
- Nail set
- Coping saw
- Block plane
- Hand drill
- Sandpaper (100, 120, 150, 180 grits)
- Waterproof glue
- Screws and nails (a box each of 1 ¼” and 1 5/8″ drywall screws and a box each of 3d, 4d and 6d finish nails)
- Safety glasses
- Combination square
- Speed square
Have you held a workshop at your store before? Share the activities you provided in the comments below.