Once a month at 10:00 am, Lowe’s Home Improvement stores host a Saturday Build and Grow clinic for kids. It is a clinic to teach kids basic carpentry skills. They provide safety goggles, a work apron to keep, a wooden kit to build complete with instructions and all of the nails and stickers needed, and the tools needed. Stuart and Nicholas headed off to Lowe’s to build a LoweBot.
It’s a Lowe’s race car!
It’s a robot!
First you get your safety gear and kit. Open up the kit, separate all of the pieces, take a look at the directions, and start building.
Nicholas loves any excuse to wear safety goggles. Of course, little boy + hammer = definite need for safety goggles.
Nicholas did a great job on this project. He did all of the hammering himself except for two parts that were a bit challenging to do so Daddy helped with those.
Time to add the finishing touch…stickers!
The LoweBot is a #48 Lowe’s sponsored race car that turns into a construction robot. Once Nicholas finished his LoweBot, he got a badge to put on his apron. It’s a shame that it needs to be sewn on. I have a sewing machine but I don’t know the first thing about how to use it and no, I don’t really know how to sew by hand either. Sad, isn’t it? Fortunately, our neighbor and her daughter like to sew 🙂
Build and Grow clinics – What a great way to teach a child building skills while they make a fun toy for themselves. Plus it’s a great way to spend time with Dad. Stuart enjoys building things so I know he really enjoys this kind of bonding time with Nicholas. And best of all, it’s FREE!
It looks like Lowe’s is building another race car again this year. Here are the next two projects on the Lowe’s Build and Grow Calendar:
February 26 – #48 Race Car with Pull Back Motor
March 12 – Shoot Around Basketball