Boys love to bang on things, right? The truth is, girls do too. But you can harness your kiddo’s destructive desires with free “how-to” workshops at your local hardware store. Read on for a list of places where your kiddo can hammer, glue and paint until his or her heart’s content. And while you’re there, pick-up those home improvement items on the “honey-do” list.

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Lowe’s – Build and Grow Kids Clinics
The little ones may not kick and scream about your next trip to Lowe’s when they walk away with a toy or craft they made by themselves. One or two Saturdays a month, Lowe’s holds their Build and Grow workshops (with even more workshops during the summer). Whether your tykes are making Valentine’s Card Holders or toy race cars, they’ll get a stylish apron and learn how to handle a hammer and nails. Grandpa will be so proud!

Hint: Be sure to ask the helpers for an iron-on patch for the hip apron! And check your local store to make sure they participate in Lowe’s Build and Grow program before you head out the door.

Next Workshop: Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Build a recycling truck.

Pre-register for the workshops here; sometimes space is limited.

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Home Depot – Kids Workshops
Saturday mornings at Home Depot just got more fun! On the first Saturday of every month, kids ages 5-12 can build fun projects like a Trojan Horse coin bank. Just what every kiddo needs, right? When you think about it, these building projects are kinda’ like LEGOs, except with nails, glue, and stickers! And if your little ones are totally into it (which they will be), Home Depot has a bunch of different project kits you can buy and take home.

Hint: In addition to a fun craft, kids will receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin.

Next Workshop: April 5, 2014 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Build a birdbath/birdfeeder.

Register here; activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.

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McLendon Hardware – Kid’s Clinic
McLendon Hardware stores have your kiddos covered too! The Renton-based retailer doesn’t offer as many workshops as the other national chain stores, but be sure to check their schedule or Facebook page as we move into spring. Little ones will walk away with a toy, an apron, and a sense of accomplishment. Who knows, maybe they’ll help you around the house one of these days!

Hint: Kids can get a free badge for every project they complete. Be sure to ask one of the helpers for one.

Has your little tyke participated in one of these DIY classes before? Was he or she motivated to help you around the house or the yard afterwards? Let us know in a comment below. 

– Brian Dubois, wods and photos