Simple Carpentry with My Boys

My boys love to build things. What boys don’t? So when I can think of something useful for them to build, we’re all happy. It gives them a great opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination as well as some math skills (measuring). You know me, I’m always happy to find ways to teach school subjects with real life. They get permission to bang on something. That always brings smiles! And it gives them a nice sense of accomplishment when it’s finished. So here is a project that I did with my boys recently.

I didn’t like the way they just piled things up on the floor of their closet, so I decided that if they built a rack to put in their closet, they would get all of the great benefits of building, plus they would be so proud that they would determine to keep the bottom of their closet nice and clean. It worked!! Yea! Score!

We measured their closet, then we went to Home Depot and figured out what would work and purchased a kit. Building with them is fine and all, but I did not want to have to get out a saw to complete the project, so I limited our choices to kits.

Here’s a before picture of the closet.

The closet before

Here are some work in progress pictures.

JD Boy (age 7) screwing the case together

G'tums (age 4) screwing

JD Boy (age 7) screwing the case together

G'tums (age 4) pounding with a rubber mallet

And here’s the completed project.

The closet after

The closet after

They’re quite proud of their work. They’ve faithfully been lining up the their shoes and toys in there now. They have even been keeping their closet floor vacuumed now. It might not make it into Better Homes and Gardens best organized closet, but I’m thrilled with and so are they. Just think of all that we got accomplished with that task.

2 thoughts on “Simple Carpentry with My Boys

  • November 10, 2010 at 9:11 am

    now that is real education! Fun learning…and it looks good.

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