This week’s Thrifty Kids Thursday is about all about nuts and bolts. If you’re like us then you might have a few assorted nuts and bolts from prior jobs mixed in with the tools you have in your house so this activity can become very cheap – to FREE – if you have a spare piece of wood lying around.
Our son loves this activity! Truth be told, he sometimes has a hard time concentrating during the day. But when we bring out the board, nuts and bolts and washers he goes into concentration mode!
All you need to do is find a spare piece of wood around your house or buy one cheap at your local hardware store. Next, find those nuts and bolts around your house or even ask some neighbors, family and friends if you don’t have them in your arsenal. Many people have their fair share hanging around the house and would love you to take them and get them out of their house, especially when they know they are going to such a great cause! You’ll note our spare pieces from our swing set and a few other pieces.
Next, drill some holes in the wood. We found that drilling different sized holes not only make it more fun but helps our kids with learning which sized bolts will fit into the corresponding holes.
Finally let your kids have fun! As time goes on you can change out the sizes and types of bolts, add another board or two with some tools so the kids can start to build. Really the options are endless! Not only that but your kids use this activity to help develop their motor skills, concentration, and encourages creativity.
Here’s our son giving you the thumb’s up approval. This activity is a success!
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Disclaimer: We know you love these disclaimers as much as us but thought we’d add that any activities done by young children should be done with adult supervision. Thankfully we haven’t yet had the trip to the ER for the swallowed quarter or washer but we know our days our numbered. 🙂