Monday, June 24, 2013

Build and Grow Clinics

Another busy but super fun weekend! In case you missed it, over the weekend we announced some pretty big news! We are completely over the moon and thank everyone for their well wishes and congratulations. Don't worry, I'll be using my DIY Chalkboard to track Baby Bolt's progress. I think Tuesdays will be a good day for that since I'm not longer doing weigh-ins. :)

Today I want to share with you a program that every parent (or aunt and uncle like us) should take advantage of (and no this is not a sponsored post). It's called Lowe's Build Grow Clinic. My friend told me about it, so on a whim I signed up to take my 7yr old niece as a fun outing just the two us. I had no expectations as this was a free clinic but wanted to see what is was all about. After all, it was Disney themed so how could I pass up such an opportunity?!

The clinics are on select Saturdays and at select Lowe's but you can get all that information as well as register from their website here. The next one is scheduled for July 13th but they haven't opened registration yet, so keep checking back! Rumor has it, it will be a Toy Story theme project!

For this week, the theme was Monsters University (seemed fitting as the movie came out over the weekend) and we made a wood chest. When we walked up, we handed our printed and signed waiver (it was sent to you when you registered) and were given a kit, a kid sized hammer and if it was your first time participating in the program you got an apron and safety goggles. How much was it all? That's the best part. It was FREE! They directed you to an aisle to sit down and begin your project. Everything you needed was in your kit and because there were children of all ages, it was nice that you worked individually. This project definitely needed adult help especially with the younger ones, as it required you to nail nails into wood.

So here are some pictures of us working on our project:


At the end, they gave you a certificate and a patch themed to that week's project to iron on to your apron and every time you come back, you get a new patch to add to your apron.

All the kids seemed to really enjoy it and I think it taught them all something different depending on their ages like following directions or fine motor skills. Sure you are there to help and coach, but as long as you aren't in a rush you can sit there and really let them do the majority of the work.

Again, I have nothing negative to say about this program as it seemed to run smooth and you get so much for no cost! Definitely worth taking the family on a Saturday morning for a very kid friendly activity.

1 comment :

  1. I took my students to one of these once and they loved it. It's super awesome.