If you are a woodworker, you know the satisfaction of creating and finishing a project. You can increase that satisfaction on your next project by inviting a kid to help you woodwork. From kindergartners to teenagers, kids love to build things. There are so many lessons you can teach, just by taking the time to work with a child. Think of every step of the process as a lesson that will stick with a child long after the project is finished. Designing and planning develops problem solving skills. Measuring and cutting helps with spatial sense and math. Plus, mastering a new skill helps build self-confidence.
Depending on the age of the child, you can start as simple as carving a wooden spoon or as complex as building a dollhouse. Begin with simple tasks, like planning and measuring. Assign tasks according to the child's skill level. Some children might need to start with things like painting and gluing. While others, with your supervision, can do all of the tasks. For tools like knives, start by demonstrating the correct, safe way to work with them. You may be surprised by the child's awareness of safety. Following a set of plans will help you stay on track, but don't be afraid to let them make a mistake. Mistakes are where a lot of the learning happens. Help your child find creative solutions. Don't worry too much about the final product. It's the learning process and time together that's important. Let the woodworking begin!