My 2.5 yr. old grandson seems to be totally facinated by tools and anything
mehcanical. When he's in my garage he goes straight to the workbench and
tool rack and says "papas tools" and wants to know what everything is. I
was installing a facuet today and he sat down by me and start playing with
the wrenches and again wanted to know what everything was. He loves to move
levers, turn knobs ...
I thought I could make a toy / board with captured large nuts (maybe
plastic pipe) so he could screw and unscrew them, old faucet handles, maybe
sprinkler stuff ... and other fairly large things he could manipulate. of
course they'd have to also be safe.
Thought I'd poll the group for other ideas / links to stuff like that.
On Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 8:25:13 PM UTC-5, sawdustmaker wrote:
My first thought was to add a hinge to the hardware mix, but then....
Or make a toy box, briefcase-like, with a hinged lid, drawer handle. A sm
all wooden mallet is easy to make, but be aware of abuse of the furniture a
nd other fixtures. Have an old cabinet drawer handy... just add a lid & la
tch to it, trim the face edges, if need be.
Plastic pipe is a good idea. PVC and CPVC?... and a few fittings.
*Gojo and paper towels for his birthday?
My favorite tool is a wooden mallet. I've made 2 or 3 of them recently,
of various sizes. One happened to be just perfect for tapping the
bearings out of my inline skates, not heavy enough to harm anything but
just enough to get them moving.
A wooden wrench and some nuts would be a cinch to build, Grizzly has a
tap for 1"-8 threads for around $20, I don't remember about the die. If
you make a round top with several studs you might be able to show him
tightening patterns. I don't know if you'd want to taper the nuts like a
lugnut for this, it does show the problem better but at the same time
he's at the age where he'll just trust you.
I can not offer any suggestions on the toy, but getting the child (I had
two daughters) involved with tools at a young age is good. My daughters
are in their 40's and still like to "Play" with tools. In fact their
tool knowledge is better than their husbands. They will take an
appliance apart to see if it can be fixed, while their husbands are
wondering what to do.
When they were about your grandsons age, they would help me work on the
car. They would basically hand me tools as I needed them. When we did
little odd jobs around he house, they would be their helping me. Again
started hand me tools then holding things as I nailed or whatever.
When my son was that age, I built him a box. A cube about 8" on a side. E
ach side had a door (except bottom) with a different type of cabinet latch
for him to try. He enjoyed "storing" things in that box. While he didn't
make it, he enjoyed watching it come together.
On Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 9:25:13 PM UTC-4, sawdustmaker wrote:
I was given a Stanley tool box with real adult hand tools when I was
about 5 yrs old. First thing I recall doing ....using the bit and
brace to drill a hole in my child-sized all-oak roll top desk. Worked
perfectly. Strangely enough, both my mother and father were not quite
so proud of my newly acquired woodworking skills. ;)
I still have the tool box with the bent-in top that my first daughter
stood on to watch me work. (1963) I made her a non-tipping stool to
stand on that she carried around. Wonder if she still has the stool.
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