A Workbench Like Daddy's

A Workbench Like Daddy's

A Workbench Like Daddy's

Ever run out of ideas for fun activities to do with your kids?  Does your child enjoy craft projects but you never seem to have the right supplies to make something really cool?  Well, take a trip to your local home improvement store and you're in for a treat! 

Our local Lowe's offers Build and Grow clinics for kids.   Lowe's supplies all the materials and directions to assemble a simple woodworking project with your kids.  They even give you a kid-sized Lowe's apron and real safety goggles...all  for free!  What a great deal! 

My 5-year-old son is really starting to get into "projects" and enjoys using his Daddy's tools to build things.  So, a few weeks ago, we decided to try a Lowe's Build and Grow clinic.  Lesson #1... we now know that these classes fill up FAST!  We assumed we could just show up that day and we'd be able to participate - WRONG!  You need to sign-up in advance, and most people actually register online.  My son was so disappointed because he was looking forward to his "man-time" with Daddy.

Luckily, a few hours later, Lowe's called and said they actually had an extra kit available because someone didn't show up for the clinic.  So, we were welcome to pick up the kit and assemble it at home.  My son was so excited!

Nathan wanted to build his woodworking project in the garage, just like Daddy does.  But, Daddy's workbench was slightly too high for him to use.  Since the project was small, I simply pulled out our Lifetime Personal Table for Nathan to use as his workbench.  Perfect size!  I was able to lower it so Nathan could easily stand in front of it to assemble his project on a real "workbench".  The Personal Tables are perfect for kid-sized projects, especially since you can adjust the height.  But, I must admit, as much as I love Lifetime tables, the Personal Table is not really meant to be a heavy-duty "workbench".   While it did get the job done for this lightweight project, it wasn't very stable when it came time for hammering.  (Good thing we only had three tiny tacks to hammer!) It would have been better if I would have gone to the extra effort and pulled out our Lifetime 4'x2' table since it is much stronger and actually sold as a garage utility worktable in some stores.

Thanks to Lowe's and Daddy, Nathan is now the proud owner/builder of a football goalpost for finger football, complete with a scoreboard.  And, Nathan's already reminding us to register now for the next clinic! 

If you're looking for something new to do with your kids, check your local Lowe's (online or at the customer service desk) for upcoming Build and Grow clinics in your area.  (By the way, I think Home Depot offers a similar program if you don't have a Lowe's nearby. )  Most importantly, enjoy the quality time with your kids and have fun!

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Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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Nancy Padget

1/9/2009 12:07:34 PM

Hi Jan,

Enjoyed your 'workbench' story. A crafts workbench is a great learning skills option for youngsters.  Involving kids in activities and giving them the opportunity to be an active part of the family unit conveys a sense of 'belonging',  which is an element that's often missing in families today.

My husband's five year-old twin nephews were addicted to the video games. Couldn't pull them away from those games and couldn't get their attention when they were playing them. Until we did one thing.

While living in remote Alaska,  to keep from getting "cabin fever" during the long, dark winters and rainy days, my husband and I invented a physically energizing, fun, competitive game we call "KlakaBall".

So, we built a KlakaBall Game for the nephews and lugged it with us, as extra baggage, when we traveled down to see them.  The boys and adults, loved playing!  My sister-in-law tells us the twins now have friends that congerate at their house just to play KlakaBall.  She puts the game on the back porch, and everyone can play.  The adults get their shot at it when the kids have snacks.  Because the boys wanted to carry the game with them when they went to 'Grandma's' house, we've created a KlakaBall game that's light weight and portable.  We used a Lifetime Table and constructed a 'frame' to attach to it when the kids (and us bigger kids) go visiting.  It's a great way to use up energy and keep us all entertained.  When it's not in use, the 'frame' comes off and it's a table once again.  There's a picture of the twins playing KlakaBall on the first game we built posted on our website www.klakaball.com.

I'm certain Nathan will be enjoying his 'workbench' for many years to come.  

Nancy

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