Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids by David Erin Nelson
My husband's eyes lit up when he saw this book! He couldn't get enough of it. He said it made him feel like he was back in Shop Class. The projects are a lot of fun. Most are based on musical instruments. I wish there was more variety (the only downside in my opinion). However, the projects are laid out to be more of a guideline than an exact do it this way sort of thing. You (the creator) are encouraged to go your own way and let it become what you want!
The majority of the projects are done using scrap items. You don't have to run out to buy something new. You don't have to use the exact knob used for example. Just use something that will work. It's your project after all. If you don't have many odds and ends laying around, dumpster diving, garbage picking, yard sales, flea markets, and more are fun ways to get other peoples "junk" and turn it into something super cool.
My husband built many of our chicken houses entirely out of other peoples discarded stuff. No it doesn't look like crap - check out our pictures on our Facebook and see for yourself. When I tell people how many of these houses came to be, they're stunned.
In today's age where we are told to protect our kids from everything, this is so refreshing! Power tools, soldering irons, hammers, and more for your kid? Yes indeed and that is how it should be. How are we ever going to learn if we are coddled. We need some bumps and bruises along the way. It makes our accomplishments all the sweeter. So go dumpster dive, get dirty and have fun. It doesn't matter if you are a boy or a girl. Life is meant for living and real life is dirty!
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