Friday, April 23, 2010

REAL Tools for a REAL Boy

My son is six years old and has always been obsessed with how things works.  He loves to figure things out and he's pretty amazing at doing it.  Any time I work with my tools he likes to be right there next to me.  And whenever one of the toys in the house runs out of batteries, he is the first one to grab a screwdriver and batteries and replace them.  (Thank goodness because I really don't like doing it!)  I've never bought him play tools because he doesn't want to PLAY with tools, he wants to USE tools.  So for Christmas I bought him his very own set of real tools!  I found a small plastic tool box and filled it with a small hammer, screwdrivers, a tape measure, a wrench, pliers, oh, and some batteries so he can replace all the old ones to his heart's content.  I also got him a small battery operated screwdriver. 

I've been meaning to put his name on the outside.

Then, knowing his love for using a screwdriver, I made something for him to practice on.  I got a wood plaque and the letters to his name, painted it, and then pre-drilled the letters to the plaque.  I then outlined the letters with a sharpie so that when he removed them, he could put them back and match up the holes. 



He loves his tools! And he has something he can really put together and take apart with them.


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30 comments:

Red Door Home April 23, 2010 at 6:56 AM  

When my son was younger he too loved tools. What a great idea to inspire his creativity and love of fixing things.

~Melissa~ April 23, 2010 at 8:41 AM  

This is such a cute idea and it turned out adorable. I bet he loves it.

Kelsey April 23, 2010 at 9:21 AM  

ooh this is so cute! Love that idea! my little boy is just like that... he loves to help me with his own tools whenever I have mine out :)

* Nancy * April 23, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

I have a boy that is the same way - loves tools! I may have to copy your idea. So cute and fun!

Katie April 23, 2010 at 7:54 PM  

That is such a great idea! I shared it with my hubby so we can do it for our son in a few years.

Beckie April 24, 2010 at 2:08 PM  

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Kim @ seven thirty three April 26, 2010 at 11:31 AM  

You are very brave... my son is only two and has loved tools since he was old enough to hold them. At 11 months he walked past Grandpa's level, pointed and said "Level!". ;) Unfortunatly he is going to have to wait till he is a bit older for a real set... otherwise I will have nails and screws and god knows what else in my walls!

Love the idea of giving him a project he can really put together/take apart.

Meg April 26, 2010 at 11:40 AM  

What a wonderful mom you are! My son is 2 and there is NO way I'd give him real tools right now! Definitely something to remember when he is older and (hopefully) more responsible! Great job.

JessieMomma April 27, 2010 at 12:36 AM  

LOVE THIS!!!! I am making this for my son - for sure! SO glad I found your blog!

I'm linking you to my new Nifty Thrify 'n' More craft blog (niftythrifynmore(dot)blogspot(dot)com) please come on over and check it out!

Jamee April 27, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

love this craft- i featured it on my blog jameehomemaker.blogspot.com

Sweet Little Smoothie April 29, 2010 at 7:16 PM  

Oh you are so brilliant! My little boy is 2 1/2 and is already a tool-a-holic (play tools for now, but he's already eyeing Daddy's tools). Thanks for sharing :)

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