If you want to raise a self-reliant kid, give them these tools.
Any active kid must be comfortable swinging a hammer. Just be sure it’s one that is light enough to handle accurately but heavy enough to be efficient. Regardless of what the tool is, it must fit. This goes for anyone, young or old, male or female.
As soon as children get down how to use scissors, they’re ready for pliers, which have about the same mechanism but are far more multipurpose. They’ll be happier using tinier, 6-inch models with comfortable rubberized handles. Give them some insulated copper wire and when they get the hang of using the tool with one hand, they’ll be cutting, bending, twisting, crimping, tightening, and stripping that wire into various shapes.
A fallen branch and a sharp knife are all your children need to have a lifetime of shaping wood. For now, emphasize the importance of cutting away from the body while keeping the other hand securely behind the blade. With more experience, your kid can experiment with parring. Either way, he or she must be able to hold both the knife and the workpiece safely. A utility knife with a retractable blade has a big enough handle for a tight grip. It’ll also provide a valuable lesson in changing blades when the tool gets dull.
Eliminating workshop meltdowns is the result when children have been taught correct techniques early on. For example, the handsaw can discourage any potential woodworker if taught wrong. The key is to always reduce frustration. Set them up so they’re calm getting their body over the board.
Construct a sawhorse that fits them, anywhere from 12 to 16 inches and provides them with a sharp 15-inch crosscut saw. Just make you keep a real close eye on what they are sawing in half.