9 of the Best Woodworking Projects for Kids!
Woodworking projects present an excellent opportunity for children and adults to bond while everyone learns new skills. However, it is important for the project to be appropriate for everyone involved.
The adult needs a reasonable level of proficiency in the task so they can also supervise the child’s safety. The project should also be easy enough to be accomplished without losing the interest of the child while resulting in a fun product that everyone can be proud of.
In the 9 sections below, we will describe different woodworking projects that meet the above criteria. If you are looking for a fun activity for you and a special child, give one of these a shot! And if you need woodworking tools, Hi-Spec has you covered.
A birdhouse with a nest in it is a fantastic addition to any yard. You and your kids will get to spend an entire summer watching a small family of birds grow, and just the birdhouse by itself will make a lovely addition to your property.
This is a project that can be done with minimal tools and risk depending on the kit. We suggest finding a kit where most of the cutting is already done so you can gently ease into the world of woodworking with your kids.
2. Fun Coat Hanger
A custom-built set of coat hooks is a great addition to any child’s room; it is made even more special if the child was involved in the construction process.
If you have access to some reclaimed wood and hooks, it is easy to build a hook set that can later be mounted to a wall. Your child will enjoy choosing where to mount it and what type of hardware to use.
3. Picture Frame
How can you make a beautiful family picture even more special? Mount it in a homemade picture frame!
Building a picture frame does not have to be overly complicated. Once it is built, finishing and painting the frame will be a big part of the fun.
4. Popsicle Stick Decorative Fence
Are you and your child interested in woodworking but nervous about using tools or don’t know where to start? Try using simple popsicle sticks and glue to gauge everyone’s unique levels of interest.
Many different items can be built of out popsicle sticks. A decorative fence for a playhouse or to mount on a wall is a simple project that you can take on in an afternoon with little more than some wood glue and craft supplies.
5. Crayon Holder
Want a unique way to store your kids’ crayons and other drawing tools? A custom holder can easily be built out of a block of wood.
All you need is a sturdy block of wood and drill bits slightly larger than the diameter of the items you are building the holder for. By drilling holes into the block of wood, you can insert the crayons to keep them organized and easily accessible.
Coasters are a great project for kids to take on. You can use a variety of wood pieces that are too small for other tasks, and each coaster can be uniquely built and decorated.
Unlike some of the other projects listed above, coasters are easy to move between homes and do not require any sort of installation. A simple sander and set of wood chisels can turn all sorts of scrap wood pieces into fun coasters.
7. Toy Box
While this might be a more ambitious project, the end result will be worth the effort. A custom-made toy box made by you and your kid has the potential to become a family heirloom.
You can teach your child many different DIY skills through this project, such as hammering nails, using a drill for screws, painting, measuring, and installing hardware like latches and hinges. Plus, your child may be more interested in cleaning up their toys if they have a box of their own to use.
8. Bird Feeder
Whether you live in a house or apartment, a bird feeder is a great way to get some fun-to-watch wildlife close to a window. Not only can a bird feeder be easy to build, but it can also bring hours of enjoyment while you and your kids watch different birds eat.
There are many different styles of bird feeders and each requires a different level of skills to build. You can involve your child in the purchasing process or even use material you have on hand and your own imagination to build a one-of-a-kind custom feeder.
9. Hiking Stick
Want to teach your child safe knife handling skills? A hand-carved hiking stick is a great way to teach these skills.
First, you need to find a suitable piece of wood. Normally the trunk of a sapling or reasonably straight branch can do the job. Next, you can use a carving knife to remove the bark and then even do some custom carving for a unique look.
Woodworking a great hobby in which to involve your kids. Not only will the time spent on these projects produce wonderful memories, but you will also teach your kids valuable DIY skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.
There are many different tools children can learn to safely use; check out our article on the subject for more ideas!