On Saturday 15th June we headed to the Northern Home show at Event City with the kids. There was not that much to do there as it mostly involved renovation work. I assumed that the Northern Home show would have been a smaller version of the ideal home show which I really enjoy but that wasn’t the case.
One thing we did find was the B&Q You can do it Kids Workshop. This is a fabulous workshop which allows the children to build things using real tools. Advertised for ages 7-11 and costing £5 (or free if you sign up to the B&Q Club) the kids can make anything from clocks, birdhouses, pencil cases or mug trees. In fact they can make just about anything.
Whilst we were there we decided to give it a go and as it was the day before Fathers Day they decided to make Grandad a planter for his garden. They had to hammer in nails and use wood glue to hold it all together.
They both took it in turn and had great fun building it. I think it gave them a real sense of achievement.
The planter we made was really simple which is why the girls were able to do it, it was already measured and cut ready for them to put together and it meant that they kept their attention focused for longer as they were able to get involved constantly.
I was really impressed with these workshops and I definitely recommend that you have a look to see if they are available in your local store. The details can be found at www.diy.com/kidsclasses they also do adults classes to help you complete the jobs you want to do without the expense of a professional. With over 20 classes available you are bound to find something useful.