I know there are a lot of LJs on here with young kids. I’ve seen the photos we all proudly display. My son is under 2yrs old and we manage to spend ~20minutes a day in the shop together and usually it is the only time I get in the shop these days. He had a big impact on me going farther down the galoot path to using mainly donut powered tools. Other than an occasional cordless drill, I will not use power tools while he is in the shop with me. Most days it is an absolutely great experience for us. Every once in a while though he shows his stubborn side and screams for me to let him hold the chisel I am using … nope, not gonna happen. (I try to give him look-alike non-dangerous versions of the tools, but he is starting to catch on that they are fakes.)
Anyway, when it comes time to reading with him before he goes to bed, there are a couple of books that I really like and he enjoys too. So for the benefit of any other LJs with toddlers, here are a couple of books that work for us. [The Links take you to Amazon]
Daddy and Me by Karen Katz – it’s a lift the flap book so kids look for the tools the little boy is using as he and his Dad measure, cut, join, attach hardware, and paint the doghouse they are making. It is simple and doesn’t have a lot of pages, but it also shows only hand tools in use. We’ve been reading it with my son since he was 6 months old. One of the flaps is a tool cabinet, and every once in a while I tape a new tool in there…whichever one he is excited about at the moment (he goes through tool phases).
Daddy, Can We Play in the Workshop? by Mark Lovett Wells – this is a new book that uses black and white photos and is more for kids 18 months and up. It is the story of a powertool using dad who starts using handtools so his son can spend time in the workshop with him. It is pretty much a reflection of what happened to me. A very believable story…. I wish I thought of it.
Diary of an Early American Boy by Eric Sloane – This book is for older kids … not really sure how old yet. Mine isn’t there yet. When they get to an age where they can follow a story that takes several nights to read, then they will be ready for this book. It has fantastic artwork of how things were done and built in the colonial times and a story that weaves it all together through the eyes of a 15 yr old boy. I enjoyed reading it as an adult and it lead me to my interest in timberframing.
If you’ve got wood books that you read with your kids, I’d like to hear about them.
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