- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
07 February 2012
8 Resources for teaching your kids practical self-reliant skills
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: