07 February 2012

8 Resources for teaching your kids practical self-reliant skills

We've presented a few posts before on helping to teach your children self-reliance and preparedness. Today, we're continuing with that theme by presenting free or low-cost resources for teaching your kids practical, useful, and self-reliant skills:
  1. Lowe's: Start your kids on building stuff early by taking them into any Lowe's store to build a free wooden project. According to the website, each participant also receives a free apron, goggles, a project-themed patch, and a certificate of merit upon completing their project.

  2. Home Depot: Not to be outdone, Home Depot offers a similar kids' program, also for free. These are free hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5-12, offered the 1st Saturday of every month between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Like Lowe's, the kids get to keep their craft and receive a free kids workshop apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

  3. Joann: Here your children can learn sewing and other crafts. The link takes you to some kids' materials and projects. To find in-person classes, you'll need to go to the store locator to find a nearby location, and then download a PDF of the current kids events for that store.

  4. Sewing.org: Is there no Joann store nearby, or do you prefer to teach your children to sew on your own? This site has a number of simple sewing projects that you can use to help your kids learn to sew.

  5. Kids-cooking-activities.com: This very cool site provides age-appropriate kids cooking lessons. Each  category includes a list of the types of things to be teaching that age of child, along with a series of lessons plans.

  6. Girl Scouts of America: The GSA strives to teach girls important values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence, and citizenship through a wide range of activities including camping, community service, first aid, and other practical skills.

  7. Boy Scouts of America: The BSA purpose is to train boys to be responsible citizens, build character, and develop self-reliance through participation in a wide range of educational programs and outdoor activities such as camping, aquatics, and hiking.

  8. 4-H: This is a youth organization administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (part of the USDA). The name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organization: head, heart, hands, and health. The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through hands-on learning programs.


  1. I think room decoration is also a best idea to improve self reliant skills in kids. To do this task, you can give some instructions to kids about how room decoration.

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! That's another good idea for helping your kids become self-reliant.