If you are into woodworking, either as a hobby or professionally, sharing this skill with your children can have many benefits. People are often looking for fun and educational activities that they can do with their kids. There are many woodworking ideas that you can use to enhance your relationship with your children.
In addition to the extra time spent together, woodworking with children has many other benefits. Even before you get started, you and your child can sit down and come up with some woodworking ideas together. This can be just as much fun as actually doing the work. You can each suggest ideas that you want to see done or you can work on each others’ woodworking ideas together.
After you’ve decided which woodworking ideas you want to go with, there is a lot you can teach your child as the project begins. First, this is a good time to teach your child about the different kinds of wood and what their various uses are. It’s also a good time to encourage good safety practices. Your child is never too young to begin learning about safety in the woodworking shop. Obviously, you never want to leave your child unattended in the shop.
Once you’ve planned your project and gone over the safety rules, you can begin bringing your woodworking ideas to life. Your child will also benefit from being involved in measuring any pieces that need to be cut. This is a great opportunity to teach them about measuring and fractions. Reading a tape measure is a skill they will use for their entire life.
As the project progresses, your child will also be given an opportunity to build some problem solving skills. Their dexterity and hand-eye coordination will also increase as they get more actively involved in what’s going on. You can also impress upon your child the importance of finishing what they start, and all of the hard work it takes to get there.
Being involved in these projects will also give your child a working knowledge of a wide variety of different tools. They will learn how they function, as well as what their general uses are. They will also gain a respect for the fact that they can be dangerous if they are not used properly.
Finally, just as important as these other reasons, sharing this time with your children will allow you to create some memories that will last the rest of your lives. These are the times your child will look back on with fondness someday when you are gone.
I was born in a family of woodworkers since 3 generations. Every time I saw my mother, my father and my grand-father creating something unique and creative out of wood, I got really impressed. When simple lumber, the most natural raw material ever, became either a piece of art, either an item improving our everyday life. I'm amazed.