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

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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