Teach your children to use these seven DIY tools
As anybody who’s spent some time around kids knows, they are very thirsty for new experiences. To satisfy that curiosity, you can introduce your kid to the world of these seven DIY tools.
This way, you’ll teach them valuable life skills, show them a new way to practice their creative thinking and motor skills, and spend some quality time with them.
But, don’t give them a chainsaw right away. Instead, start with these seven tools that are easy to use and practical for all sorts of situations.
Tape measures are a great first tool, because they are great for any age and can be used to teach different measures, the importance of accuracy as well as basic math.
It’s a good learning tool for kids who are only getting familiar with numbers and mathematics. Give your child a shorter tape measure that’s lighter and easier to pull, and watch them measure your whole house twice over.
Kids love smacking things, and they’ll love hammers. Make sure to give them something light enough to handle but still heavy enough to be effective. Also, get them a claw hammer that can pull out any bent nails (and there will be plenty of those) and you can even pre-drill a few holes for them until they get the hang of things.
If your kid can handle scissors, they will be able to master pliers as well. Get them a smaller model with comfy rubber handles for easy grip and give them some insulated copper wire they can cut, crimp, strip, tighten, twist and bend into a variety of shapes. They will make fun shapes and be able to help you around the workshop in no time.
Any toolbox, counting your kid’s as well, is incomplete without a set of slotted and Phillips screwdrivers. Give your kids a broken appliance and watch them glow with happiness as they pull it apart. Taking things apart is super fun, but the real fun starts when they try to put things back together.
When it comes to handsaws, the most important thing is a proper technique. This will prevent many meltdowns and broken blades. Make sure to set everything up properly so you kids are comfortable bending over the board.
Also, you can build a sawhorse that’s about 12 to 16 inches tall, and provide your kid with a fresh razor-sharp crosscut saw to minimize failure and frustration.
Around the age of 12, you can start introducing your kid to some power tools. For instance, different grinders have always been super interesting for me while growing up.
They can be used for cutting tiles, pavers and mortar; removing rust and loose paint; sharpening blades and cutting or grinding steel. They can also introduce your child to all sorts of future careers from working in construction to key cutting and metal cleaning.
Also, be honest about your own skill level too. Don’t be hesitant to ask a professional for a lesson or two before teaching them to your kid.
This power tool is one of the safest and most versatile, and your kids will use it for many things from building a birdhouse to repairing kitchen cabinets and hanging pictures.
They can use it first for pre-drilling holes, and later for driving screws all the way in. They will also learn how to position themselves correctly and how much weight to press down.
They will use this tool forever, and it can really come in handy in a variety of situations.
Just be patient when teaching them to use these seven DIY tools, and soon your kids will run home from school to help you in your workshop and start their own little projects. Who knows, maybe you’re raising a real future handyman (or handywoman).