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Family Fun With Wood Crafting

Jan 19, 2008
Are you looking for a way to increase quality time with your children? The craft of woodworking is practical and fun. Depending on how much time and effort you want to put into the creation, woodworking with your kids can teach them valuable skills while they have fun in the process. While woodworking does have some difficult aspects, children are capable of doing most of the process - with a little supervision on your part! Before deciding on your project, take a moment to consider a few of these points.

Evaluate Your Workspace and Equipment

Take stock of your resources like tools and space first. Nothing is more frustrating than getting halfway through a project and realizing you don't have the tools or the room to complete it. Look through the instructions, buy all of the tools beforehand, and get the kids to help organize everything. Decide together where you'll work on the project and clear more space if you have to.

Where'd Everybody Go?

Have you ever started a project with the kids only to look up and find you're suddenly the only one left participating? Try to tailor the complexity of the project to the attention span of your children. Some children might only have enough patience for a project that takes a few days - or even a few hours. Undertaking larger projects with younger children might mean you'll end up finishing it alone. Older children, on the other hand, might get excited about larger projects and see it through until the end. You know your children best and how long you're able to hold their attention, use it to your advantage.

Keep It Interesting

Find a specific project you and your children can get jazzed about. Working on a project that isn't satisfying will just end up being a chore nobody will want to finish. Whether you're recreating a Victorian style house in miniature or carving animals and trains out of wood, the possibilities are endless.

Do Research Before You Begin

Even the most experienced hobbyist needs to do some research before undertaking a project. Beginners who have never done woodworking before will find a great deal of information online or at their local library. Talking to woodshop teachers at one of the local high schools or contacting your local hobby store will help too. Do some practice projects first. Start your children with small projects and work your way up to something more involved. The bigger project will seem much easier and cause less frustration with everyone involved.

Woodworking is a very rewarding activity for you and your family. If you take the time and make the proper evaluations before beginning, the entire project will fall into place easily and instill a sense of accomplishment in the whole family. The bonds created will have your kids remembering the good times for rest of their lives. Take the time to find a new project and see how it can bring your family closer together.
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