Did you know that Home Depot offers free workshops for kids?
Yesterday morning I piled my 3 kids into the minivan and we set off to Home Depot to do some serious construction work. I have always wanted to try these workshops, but where we used to live (in Iowa City) they always filled up so fast! Thankfully, here in the suburbs of the Twin Cities, they don’t require signing up in advance, which is perfect for moms like me who don’t always plan in advance!
This was like a lesson in extreme parenting: a 4 year old, a 2 year old, and an 8 month old, a mom carrying a latte, and lots of hammers, glue, paint, and nails. Oh and a brand new J Crew sweater (poor choice but it looked cute!). I got my boys set up with their adorable free orange aprons, and we got to work building. Today’s project was a Father’s Day cell phone holder. I helped the boys glue, tap, and assemble until we had two perfect little cell phone holders!
LIES, LIES, LIES! Apparently I am not as handy as I thought – my finished products each had three sharp nails pointing out of them! Oops. Luckily, the man working there was kind enough to first attempt to fix it (impossible) and then quickly whip together two replacements. The kids were none the wiser! I helped them paint their projects and we went to to wash up (which took as long as the project itself, of course).
After the workshop, I went to put the kids in the van and had to nurse the baby. A lady pulled up next to us in her car as I started to strap in the kids. Interesting observation – by the time I started to drive away, the solo customer had gone into the store, ran her errand, and returned to her car! That’s life with 3 kids under 5 for you!
I highly recommend checking out the Home Depot near you to find a similar project! However, I do recommend at least 1:2 adult to child ratio. They always have a different project, and it’s usually seasonal. Such a fun, engaging, free activity that really makes you step out of your comfort zone and try something new!
Just don’t bring a latte!