Boredom Buster: Wood Scraps

I have memories as a kid, of sitting on the cold, saw-dusty cement basement floor of my dad’s workshop. He would be working on some project, and my brother and I would be playing with scraps.  We would sand, hammer, and paint our creations, and most of the time, they would become a “boat.” I’m not sure why they always became boats – maybe because we couldn’t put wheels on anything, so a boat was the logical choice? Anyways, we had a giant box of wood scraps that my father-in-law sent home with us for kindling in our fire pit, and I thought that our boys should do the same thing!!

Wood scraps

Through a combination of hammering and wood glue, they stuck their creations together. They enjoyed the sanding part – going from a rough, splinter-y wood to a very smooth, soft finish! Then we painted. Unfortunately I forgot that since these were boats, that I should have used only acrylic paint (and some of the colours were tempra paint). So the first time they tried them in the water, the bright colour came off.  Other than that, they were thrilled with the results!

Boredom Buster - wood scraps

3 sailboats and a gun, apparently

 Such a fun craft that the kids can be so proud of!

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Marya R

I live in Bowmanville, and am a mom to four young boys - it can get a little loud in my house. I am a Christian, a part-time French teacher, a piano teacher and former homeschooler. I love finding the best deals, which will come in handy when our boys become hungry teenagers! We just moved to a house with more outdoor space, and I'm still getting used to life in the country (a walk around the block is a lot longer here!).

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  1. Those are cute boats. It’s a great idea to allow kids to get busy with wood scraps. This will hone their creative sides.

  2. That sounds so fun. They made some cute boats!

  3. We used to make all kinds of things from wood scraps when we were kids, including forts. Our boys have done the same thing. Amazing what you can come up with when you let your imagination take over!

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