Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Brownies Take a Trip to Home Depot!

401st Toronto Brownies Showing off the Birdhouses they made at the Home Depot

This year our unit has been working on our Key to I Can program badge. In addition to learning about cooking, sewing and household safety we thought that woodworking skills were something the girls should have the opportunity to develop. We were so fortunate that our local Home Depot location also highly values girls learning to use tools and we were able to partner with them to give the girls this wonderful opportunity.

We started our visit with a tour of the Home Depot store. Our tour guides showed the girls various tools such as drills, saws, tool boxes, hammers and screw drivers. They also learned about the different kinds of safety equipment one might need when working with tools. We learned that cutting and putting together wood can be very loud and dusty so gloves, goggles, ear plugs and a dust mask are a must!

The project our Brownies worked on was a wooden bird house. The girls learned how to follow wood working plans, line up wood pieces for joining, hammer nails and screw in screws. They learned that building something takes a lot of patience and perseverance. They also discovered that working with a partner makes the job easier and way more fun! 

Although it took a lot of work the girls all persevered and were able to complete their birdhouse! In addition to gaining lots of new skills, each of my Brownies earned their Tool Girl Badge! We were so happy that Home Depot was able to accommodate us we will definitely be doing more building projects in the future!

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