Last month I was at Lowes and on my way out I noticed a sign that said "Build and Grow" ~ I was running late so when I got home I looked online and found out that Lowes has these clinics where they have children build different things ~ it looked pretty cool so I signed Jonathan up (online it recommended the clinics for 1st-5th graders).
I had prepped Thomas before we left, telling him that he was too young to make his own drum but that we could help Jonathan build his. We arrived a few minutes early so I signed Jonathan in and the associate asked if I wanted "the little guy" to make a drum ~ I said "Really? He isn't too young?" she said "Nope" and handed me another permission slip and a drum kit/apron/safety goggles and hammer.
The boys had the most fun building their drums. Let me tell you ~ it was a great language opportunity, too! We had such a great time that as soon as we got home I signed them up for the fire truck clinic (Lowes has these every 2wks).
This past Saturday was fire truck building and the room was filled to capacity. The 3 of us were squished into a corner and had very little room to build. Since we had limited workspace we laid out one set of directions...I read them and helped the boys build. The previous building experience was great ~ not many people...we had a lot of space to lay our materials out and we were able to take our time. Not so much this time ~I didn't mind though..we still had fun. Let's just say that when we got home I had to take both trucks apart and put them back together again. I put Thomas' sides on wrong , poor Jonathan followed my lead (I was reading the blue prints, just didn't read them correctly...lol). As he was tapping the nails into his 2nd side he asked me if I thought this was the correct way ~ I looked over at his and said "no, I did it wrong, you are right Jonathan". Thomas chimed in with "you are wrong, Mom? Oh no, that's OK, you tried"
If you have a Lowes around you I highly recommend checking out the Build and Grow clinics!