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Monday, June 13, 2011

Great Things-Lowes and Home Depot's Children's Building Workshops

Jill and I discovered the free kids' workshops offered at Lowes and Home Depot every month.

Mariella is with her grandparents and her finished product: A Goofy Golf Game from Lowes.

GraciAnn's building the Goofy Golf game with her Grandpa.

GraciAnn built a Gingerbread house at Lowes a couple of years ago.

Lowes workshops are called Build and Grow and they are offered twice a month. Each participant receieves a kit, goggles, an apron, and a patch that matches the project they made. Lowe's clinic is at 10 am.  It is strongly recommended that you sign up ahead of time and print the waiver to bring in to the store when you go.  They have a limited number of projects. Here's the website that will give you more information. http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/

John and GraciAnn working on a project at Lowes.

Home Depot's Kids' workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month. They give each participant a wooden project to build. They provide the tools and a place for the kids to work. Their recommended age for the children is between 5 and 12.  They have been very welcoming to us with our 4 year old (she started with these projects at two and a half) and graciously give our two year old a project to do too.  They give the kids aprons, awards, and pins that represent the project they built. The workshops begin at 9am and ends at noon (or when materials are gone). Here's their website where you can get even more information:   http://ext.homedepot.com/community/blog/free-home-depot-kids-workshop-first-saturday-month/

John and GraciAnn working on a project at Home Depot.

Lowes and Home Depot have done a wonderful job, coming up with a variety of great projects, and welcoming the community to participate.  These workshops provide an opportunity for children to practice reading directions, work with tools, create fun projects, and most importantly, spend quality time with their families. If you have not taken advantage of these workshops, we encourage you to. They are GREAT THINGS!

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