Woodworking For Kids
Would you like to let your child have fun working with wood? Several Kids Workshops have been done, and kids had fun. I'm currently doing small workshops at my place on George St N in Smiths Falls.
Parent/Child Woodworking Fun
You and your child get to make, put together, or decorate and finish, something made out of wood, and your child gets to take it home afterwards. I have a variety of workshop options. Some are more complicated, and for older children. Some are simple, and for the little kids. Some projects have flexibility in how much to do, and are fun for any age. A 2 year old can glue or stick things, or color with pencil crayons, markers, or water paints. A 16 year old can do a little drilling, nailing and screwing, and get more creative with the finish work. There is a limit of 3 children per workshop. See below for workshop options.
Here are a couple projects that have been done:
Here are a some project ideas. Many of these have been done. Some are new ideas. If you have your own idea, let me know.
|Child Size Chair
Assemble, then apply finish, or leave unfinished.
Uses dowels and screws for assembly.
Base and posts can be prepainted, or the child can paint them.
Just glue the base together and glue the posts in the holes, then paint as desired.
Assemble outer box with hammer and nails, slide in dividers, then apply finish, or leave unfinished.
Assemble with hammer and nails, screw on hinges, then apply finish, or leave unfinished.
Assemble with glue, then apply finish, or leave unfinished.
Precut shapes are included and can also be finished or left unfinished.
|12” Doll Crib
Assembles with glue and dowels, then apply finish, or leave unfinished, and add a doll's name with wood letters if desired.
|Plaque 3/4” lumber with routered edges
Start with blank plaques from 3/4” thick lumber, with routered edges. Choose from any of the available blanks in advance, or pick one when you come. If you prepick one, you can also specify if you want it prepainted, primed ready for painting, or unfinished for the natural beauty of wood. Then let your child do what he/she wants. Paints, markers, stick-ons, small or large wood letters, googly eyes, and more. A string or small chain can then be put on it if you want.
|Shapes 1/4” plywood
Start with shapes cut out of 1/4” plywood. Choose from any of these shapes in advance, (circle, oval, square, rectangle, heart, butterfly, car, truck, elephant, house, or one of your own ideas), and specify if you want it prepainted, primed ready for painting, or unfinished for the natural beauty of wood. Then let your child do what he/she wants. Use markers, paints, stick-ons, small or large wood letters, googly eyes, and more. A string or magnets can then be put on it if you want.
This one involves a little nailing and screwing, then apply finish and/or decorate as desired.
Plexiglass walls hold seeds in the middle to flow out automatically.
This one is nailed and glued together, then they apply finish and/or decorate as desired.
Different birds need different size homes and openings.
You can specify what bird you want it for.
Nail together, then sink and fill nail holes, hinge the lid on, then apply finish and/or decorate as desired.
Store jewellery, precious items, whatever you want.
Minimum ages aren't set in stone. You decide if your child can try a project, and you can always help.
Prices include HST.
With all workshops, the time depends on your schedule. Little kids could start with a plaque or a plywood shape, glue or stick a few things on, or draw something with markers, and go home in half an hour or less, or they could assemble, paint, and then decorate, and take a couple hours. Bigger kids could take anywhere between half an hour and 1 to 2 hours, or longer, depending on how much they want to do and how much time you have.
Schedules and Fees
This is for you to determine.
Contact me and let me know what you are interested in. As long as I have 2 people interested in a certain workshop project, I'll set a day and time that suits you.
Rules, Terms and Conditions
For any of the project plans, as the parent, it's up to you to decide if your child is ready for the project. Some 2 year olds can glue things together and some 5 year olds can't. Every child is different, and his/her abilities are unique. You will be present to help your child, so age isn't a big factor. It just determines how much you will need to help. I will show the children each step to perform, and can help each one if needed, or you can help your child yourself.
I will teach appropriate safety, have a first aid kit, and will have child suitable safety equipment when needed, like for the bigger kids plans, but you are ultimately responsible for your child's safety. If, for any reason, your child acts up and may be a danger to anyone, they get one warning. If the child acts up a second time, you and your child will be asked to leave.
If you have any questions, requests, or suggestions email me at or "contact me".
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