Home Depot, Kids Workshop

Places to Play: Home Depot, Kids Workshop

This is the part of my series about places to play in the South Metro area of the Twin Cities (Apple Valley, Bloomington, Burnsville, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Inver Grove Heights, Farmington, Lakeville, Mendota Heights, Prior Lake, Richfield, Rosemount, Savage, Shakopee, South St. Paul, West St. Paul.)

Place: Home Depot, Kids Workshophome depot kids workshop


What:
  Parent-lead project at home depot.  You just show up and they give you a project kit and the space to create.  The kit is some kind of wooden creation that you hammer together following directions given.  They you get to paint it before taking it home.  Each month is a different project.  Projects are things such as a pencil box, butterfly house, trophy, or a picture frame.  Just be warned they paint with acrylic paints that are not washable, so wear old clothing and be prepared to bring home a wet project in the car.  The kids get an orange apron at their first session, and each session earn a pin to collect on the apron.

When: First Saturday of the month, they have a kids workshop at each location from 9-12pm.

Who: The website says ages 5 and up, but we have brought our 3 and 4 year old without problem, but they definitely needed more assistance on the projects.

Where:  Several locations through the south metro area, including Burnsville, Apple Valley, and Bloomington

Cost:  Free.

Why?home depot kids workshop

  • The projects are a great chance to work on high level thinking skills, such as following directions, impulse control, attention, problem-solving, and other executive functioning skills.  Younger children will need step and step help, but elementary-aged children can likely work with little assistance.  Parents can adjust the task to match their child’s abilities.
  • Motor skills- a great chance to work on eye-hand coordination, strength, and dexterity by using a hammer, sanding block, and painting.  Just watch out for safety as the kids get to use real tools on these projects!
  • These are parent lead activities, which means a parent can easily adjust to their child’s needs for any kind of disability.  The projects do require a level of motor skill ability that will challenge most children, but every project can be adjusted to met your child’s developmental skills (for example, younger children may just want to paint a project, while older children can work on mastering hammering).  However, I would warn that a room of children hammer is very loud, so you may want to avoid this activities if your child struggles with sensory sensitivities (or bring headphones to dampen the noise).

home depot kids workshop

Looking for other local ideas in the South Metro area?

Paige Hays is an occupational therapist who provides in-home, pediatric occupational therapy services in the south metro area of the Twin Cities, MN. She is a mother of 2 girls, avid DIYer, and a highly skilled and experienced OT. She specializes in working in pediatrics, with diverse expertise ranging from cognition and sensory issues to working with children with neuromuscular disabilities or complex medical needs.  www.paigehays.net