Jon Johnson File Photo/Gila Herald: Allie, 7, left, and Brenna Green, 8, show the result of their hard work building a Valentine Bean Bag Toss at the Home Depot Kids Workshop.
By Jon Johnson
THATCHER – On the first Saturday of the month, Home Depot stores around the country sponsor a free class for children called the Home Depot Kids Workshop. The workshop brings adults and children together to participate in building a project, that also helps build relationships.
This month’s project will be a windmill planter. The build will allow parents a chance to discuss the benefits of non-polluting sustainable energy as they build a model windmill that holds a season flower or low-maintenance herb. With the build being just in time for Mother’s Day, perhaps a handmade planter with a beautiful flower is just the gift to show mom how much she means to the little ones.
The workshops are designed for children ages 5-12, but all ages are welcome. Workshop attendees have to be accompanied by an adult at all times. The workshop generally runs from 9 – 11 a.m., but be wary, popular items can run out, so it’s best to make it there earlier than later.
The workshop is easy to find, just follow the sounds of hammering – usually in the supply section adjacent to the garden center – and the buzzing of children hard at work. Projects usually consist of some slight hammering of small nails or attaching a couple screws to build a wooden object, which the children can then paint or adorn with stickers. The workshops are a free activity.