My kids love helping their daddy with building projects like this DIY Pirate Ship. Most of all they love playing with the wood and tools. We have a pile of scrap wood leftover from these projects, that I pulled out recently for the kids to play.
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I was pleasantly surprised to find that all 3 of our kids (ages 3, 5, 9) enjoyed this activity. We need to do more projects and save more wood. We did not have enough wood for all of them to build their structures.
After they all built their structures, we brought out the tools. Daddy pre-drilled holes in a piece of wood and our 5 year used a screwdriver to put screws in the holes. He has a great magnetic screwdriver to help him hold onto the screws, but he could not find it that day, so he he used daddy’s screwdriver.
Daddy also started a nail for the 5 year old in a piece of wood and let him finish hammering it. This time he had his hammer. Our kids had Black and Decker Tool Box with Play Tools as toddlers and preschoolers, but as they got older they wanted a real set like daddy’s. Here is a great set of starter tools for your kids: Grip 9 pc Children’s Tool Kit.
Just a few pieces of wood and lots of creativity, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. Easy, simple, and no fuss play. No fancy toys needed here.
This is part of a Simple Play at Home series hosted by Adventures of Adam. Each day of the week a different blogger will be writing about simple play activities that you can do with your kids in each room of the house for the entire month.