The firt Saturday of every month a local building supply store offers a hands-on project for children. Parents, or grandparents in this case, can sit down, read directions and build something together. This month’s offering came in the form of a spice rack, no paint needed, thankfully.
We walked in and inquired of the man at the door. He pointed with a bit of a frown, saying, “Go back that way…just follow the noise.” I’m quite sure his ears hurt by the time we arrived. Sure enough, more than a couple dozen hammers banged away, hammering nails into predrilled guide holes, after applying wood glue, of course. If the project has no paint, it must have something liquid and messy, right? Kudos to the store for providing aprons and handwipes.
When you work side by side, building together, creating a useful wooden item for spices (or nail polish) at home, you also have the chance to build memories and relationship. I thank God for chances to build both with little ones with whom He has blessed us. When so many unhealthy entertainment options abound, just going to the local hardward store can offer a wise alternative.
“Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV).