30 March 2013
Last weekend a few neighbor kids came over to play in the wood pile on the side of my house. They had a hammer / bottle opener and the little picture hanging kit from the junk drawer (surely everybody has one of those). Apparently this trend started earlier in the week and one of the neighbor kids was in tears when it was time to go because I hadn't gotten home from work yet to make something with the kids. I was thrilled, so I went down and pulled out a few small hammers and an old coffee tin full of nails and screws and lent the kids a hand. One of the neighbor kids built a 'hanger' - a row of hooks - and made his parents help him hang it on his bedroom wall as soon as he got home.
After the neighbor kids left my own two boys wanted to build 'hangers'. They were not prepared to just put hooks on a board. They wanted to put a few boards together, then put the hooks on. They each picked out their own pieces of scrap and decided how to arrange them. I didn't involve myself much. I helped my younger one with the nailing and stopped him when I thought it should be finished (he would have added way more boards on his own).
I was impressed enough with the results that I took them to Menards (local hardware store) and we picked out hooks tailored to their projects. Then I helped them hang the hangers on their bedroom wall. I can't think of a better use for these scrap boards - they look great!