Grandsons in the workshop:: Continued.. #10: New problem..Grandson #3, 5 year old project

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 07-28-2018 08:51 PM 2635 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Box is done..Grandsons build a box Part 10 of Grandsons in the workshop:: Continued.. series Part 11: Grandson 5 year »

Want to help.. comments appreciated.
Since the big brother made a box, little brother wants a box. Now in my projects I made a bank box at Thanksgiving for grandson #2 and carried it out to him. He had no idea it was coming.
And this 5 year old has some skill and a few minutes with me and we have about 2 weeks.
So option 1 I just make a box with him nearby and ask or check his boss ideas. Option 2 make a box with some input and its done he gets a box either way sounds more or less like he has part of this box.

I understand the envy of brother got something ” hey I want one.” I was the baby of my family of 4.

I think I am a bit stuck with not sure how much I can involve him and want him involved but the older was pretty easy for an 8 year old.
It would be so easy just granddaddy make the box and smile done. but that cuts him out.

he does not like the idea of make a little boat and have it for his lego men.
so easy and he can do more… arrrrrgh.

comments….are helpful.

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#1 posted 07-28-2018 10:16 PM

I think I’d design a box with him (mayb send him a couple options and let him pic one) then have all the cuts made then just put it together with him. He likely won’t remember if it’s glued or nailed or what woods it’s made of but he will remember building it with you

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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#2 posted 07-29-2018 01:19 AM

Yea Jcamp has a good idea. I used to take my son to the big box store when he was little for the kids projects and it was pieces already cut. The kids got to sand the parts a little, nail and glue the pieces together. He always had a blast.

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#3 posted 07-29-2018 11:47 AM

You can let him paint it any way he wants.

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#4 posted 07-30-2018 09:26 PM

Have him do some of the non critical parts. Maybe have him squeeze the glue bottle or help turn a clamp handle or something along those lines.

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#5 posted 07-31-2018 01:33 AM

I used to have my son watch the cutting and then let him do the sanding. If any painting to be done I asked for his advice on colors. He still has some of those projects from when he was 4 or 5 and he’s 21 now. Good memories.
Rick j

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