Easy things to build with wood for kids

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Easy things to build with wood for kids
Wood makes lasting toys and knick-knacks. (wood image by Marvin Gerste from Fotolia.com)

Wood items possess a durability and keepsake quality that can exceed plastic. Creating wood toys and knick-knacks gives your child a sense of empowerment and teaches them that they don't have to depend on the latest gadget from the toy store for lasting enjoyment. Kids do not need to take a class in woodworking or own a saw in order to start creating with wood.

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Candy Dish

Make a candy dish for Halloween or Valentine's Day. Take craft sticks about 6 inches long and 3/4 inches wide. Position four of them so that they make a square with each end slightly overlapping its neighbouring stick. Dab a dot of glue at each overlapping point to keep it secure. Lay six craft sticks across this square horizontally, dabbing a dot of glue at the top and bottom of each stick to make the base. Glue one stick at each vertical edge of the box to help level and stabilise it. Turn the base over. Place and glue a craft stick at the very top edge of the square, at the very bottom edge, at the far right edge and the far left edge. On top each stick, add 10 more sticks, stacking and gluing one on top of the other. Your child can paint his candy box any colour he desires.

Bird House

A birdhouse project can be a hit in the city or the country. You can build a bird house from scratch, but craft stores carry birdhouse building kits for children with parts cut to the appropriate shapes. Kids need to learn where each part goes and glue or nail into place, then paint and hang it.

Simple Sailboat

This craft introduces your child to the terminology of sailing. Have your child lay three craft sticks 6 inches long and 3/4 inch wide in a row to build the deck. Help your child by holding them in place with your hand and trimming the tops until they form an upside-down V-shape. Cut one craft stick in half and have your child glue the pieces in place at the top and bottom of the deck to hold it together. Cut 1/4 off the end of another craft stick and cut this small piece into two equal pieces. Have your child glue the long end of this craft stick vertically to the middle of the deck with the two short pieces on either side of it holding it in place. Cut another craft stick in half and use one piece to make a 90-degree angle with the mast. Glue it in place for the boom. Paint your boat and cover it with waterproof seal; it's ready for water.

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