The kids and I recently combined our desire to be creative and our love of the outdoors with (ironically) an indoor activity at Home Depot.
Free Home Depot Kids Workshops are held the 1st Saturday of each month and get kids involved in building projects. We chose to participate in building butterfly houses, as it would hopefully bring additional wildlife to our yard.
Upon arriving, we were greeted by a friendly Home Depot employee you set the kids up with personalized aprons, butterfly house project kits, and some simple directions.
There were 4 large work areas set-up with all the tools and supplies needed for the project. Upon given the authority to decide on a work table, Finley exclaimed, “Next to the popcorn table!” A bonus was the fresh popcorn available for munching.
We opened up our project kits and started building. Soon, with the easy-to-follow instructions, precut wood pieces and hardware were being glued, hammered, and screwed with much enthusiasm.
Daley dove right in with a sense of self-reliance he puts into all construction endeavors.
I was invited to assist Finely with the gluing, but was put on stand-by for the hammering. In fact, the amount of hammering within the project area sounded like we were building a whole new Home Depot store.
Upon completing the construction phase we moved to the painting table. There was plenty of prepositioned paint in bright, fun colors along with brushes.
And lots of paper towels.
As Daley and Finley put the final touches on their houses, I thought about how easy Home Depot had made this “make and take” project for kids and parents – just show up. No set-up or cleanup.
And we look forward to watching our new butterfly neighbors move in (when the snow melts).
Note from Kristina: Thank you, Tim, for writing this first guest post on Outside In Duluth. Moreover, thank you for the few hours of quiet time I enjoyed at home while you and the kids hammered your hearts out.
Have you participated in a Home Depot Kids Workshop? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!