During the September holidays (which now seems like half a lifetime ago – time gets really fluid when you have kids), the boys had their first taste of basic carpentry at the very charming and cosy Touchwood Workshop, the craft arm of Ground-Up Initiative (GUI).
It was a really small session – just my boys and their friend, which meant each child got personal one-on-one attention and help. The staff were ever-so patient with the kids, answering their hundred-and-one questions, assisting them on all the difficult bits, and explaining each step of the process along the way. Observing them in action, I also got my first taste of carpentry know-how and vocab!
I wouldn’t have believed you could let a tiny pipsqueak of a 5yo handle a saw or drill, but these ladies proved to me that, with the right boundaries set and appropriate safety measures taken, it’s certainly possible. And the boys were SO thrilled to be treated like “big boys” who could handle these “real tools for men”. They were in their element!
Here they are with their amazing finished products from the Toy Car Making Workshop!
I’m certainly planning to sign the boys up for future Touchwood Workshops – in fact, I might even sign up for one myself in the future, if time allows! Even though you might think that this is more suitable for the boys, I’m pretty sure many girls would really enjoy these sessions too. I can certainly think of a few who would love to build their very own dollhouse…
Touchwood Workshops has quite a few sessions available for sign-ups this year-end holidays – do check them out if you’re interested! 🙂
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