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Making the Most of Winter Break: Craft Time with the Kids

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It’s winter break. Which means craft time.

No, I’m not talking about some construction paper, some scissors and sparkle and glue sticks. I’m talking crafts. Real, honest-to-goodness, break-out-the-power saw and the drill type crafts.

Now that my daughter is 5 and a half and able to better wield a hammer and a drill, we enjoy eating up our free time pounding some nails and turning scrap bits of wood into toys. We made her a balance board she loves to stand on in her free moments, and we made her a catapult for a home-made Angry Birds game.

I saw a couple fun ideas from the always-amazing Andy Hinds over at Man of the House that I wanted to pass along, because they seemed to offer the right amount craft time for young kids, relying on a couple tools as well as some store-bought gadgets to help you along.

I loved his do-it-yourself toy surf board kit and could easily envision his twins delighting at the joy of seeing their favorite stuffies taking a ride around the ol’ bathtub pipeline.

Take a look. It’s genius.

Says Andy: “Building these little toys was a bit labor intensive, but not very difficult. As they were coming together, I thoroughly convinced myself that it wouldn’t be that hard to make a full-sized surfboard out of wood. Or at least two half-sized ones, just right for a couple six-year-old girls.”

Sounds like the perfect summer break project ….

Photo: Man of the House.

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