On his 4th birthday his Grandmother, gave my son Arthur, a Melissa and Doug Build your own birdhouse kit. http://www.melissaanddoug.com/build-your-own-woode... As you will see from the pictures. This particular kit is quite suitable for smaller children, to build and paint with supervision and minimal adult assistance.
Assembly requires a #2 Phillips screwdriver. If the birdhouse is to be used outside I would recommend sealing with a clear coat to ensure that the washable tempura paint that comes with the kit does not bleed in the rain. Although the back panel is slotted to allow a screw or nail to hang the birdhouse a screw was not provided for this purpose.
Included in the package are the birdhouse kit pieces, screws, 4 colors of paint, and a small paint brush.
Step 1: Painting and Assembly.
The following is his dictated directions as he is 4. I am correcting some minor grammatical errors as we go.
First open the package.
Put down some cardboard to keep me and the table clean.
Pick the part to paint.
I painted the front with the leaves, with colors I thought the birds would like. (The design is pre-burned)
I forgot my hardhat. (At this point he goes into his room, and from his play workbench gets his play hardhat. I commend his thinking about safety while working on a project.)
Dad got me a screwdriver and I stated putting screwing the sides to the front, then the back. (The counter sunk holes and pilot holes are predrilled.)
After we put half the roof on I realized that we put it on backwards. (The roofing pieces should form a lip over the front of the birdhouse and be flush with the back. The first couple pieces he put on backwards. I just suggested what was happening and let him come to the decision of taking them back off on his own to refit them.)
That is it, a new birdhouse. (I used a spray Krylon clear coat and after allowing a day for the paint to dry we went out and he picked a tree to hang his new birdhouse in. The hardest part with supervising was to not jump right in there and do the work for him. I wanted to help so badly however he was building it all on his own.)
We thought it would be fun to write this up for the paint contest he is always watching me browse Instructables for project ideas that we can do together so he suggested i post the pictures of his birdhouse.
In the unlikely event that he actually wins I will most likely reimburse him the value of any power tools into his savings account. Does instructuables have 6-7T Robot shirts?
Thanks for reading
Carl & Arthur