I like working with wood (as you can see if you look at some of my other instructables). So I wanted to pass on / introduce my 8 year old daughter to it when I recognized that she sometimes watched interested what I was doing.
I guess she also saw what results I could achieve with just some basic tools and what fulfillment I get out of it when my project comes out the way I expected.
She loves painting and crafting and she had seen a butterfly-project in one of her magazines which proposed doing the project with cardboard. As cardboard is not so durable, I proposed to pick up some crafting wood (thin laminated sheets of wood) at the home improvement store for this nice little father-daughter-project. Actually it was the first time she joined me in going to the store voluntarily and she got pretty excited (and I had to get some parts for
other projects anyways).
Step 1: Tools and supplies
As this is a project you can do with your child, make sure to properly advise of the use of tools and supplies.
If things get too difficult for your kid, help out.
And sometimes you really just have to be cool and relax. Working with kids can be a challenge sometimes (but if you plan on doing this or another project with your kid, you'll already know this).
This is what you'll need:
- Acrylic paint
- Wooden stick
- Wooden or plastic beads (several sizes and colors)
- Coping saw
- Needle pliers
(I hope I didn't forget any important things, but if so, you'll see them on the pictures, too)