Climbing trees is for children. Teenagers get there faster with a ladder. As with all tools, accurate setup is crucial for safe use. Have them place the ladder on a level, firm surface away from windows and doors. Ensure it goes at least three feet past the supporting branch and that it’s tilting at the correct angle.
When you were 12, you constructed an AM radio inside a Tic Tac box. However, your child lives in a world of microcontrollers that can work robots. Don’t be scared. The fundamentals of electronics and the tools used to work with them haven’t altered much. Therefore, get your trusty old pencil-tipped iron and a roll of rosin-core solder, go over a few elementary skills, like tinning stranded wire and beam as your child’s chess-playing robot rules at the upcoming science fair.
No cutting tool is more multipurpose than a jigsaw. It makes curvy shapes in wood, plastics, and thin metals, making it perfect for kid-friendly projects such as, well, jigsaw puzzles. It also provides a real lesson in knowing a power tool’s limits. As your kid turns the jigsaw into a curve, she or he will feel the tension in the blade as it binds against the material. Too much and the blade will crack.
Cordless Power Drill
Your kid’s first power tool is one of the most versatile and safest. Children need it regardless of what they’re building, a derby car or a treehouse.
To begin, skip the drill bits—they’ll just break. Instead, clip the head off of a finish nail and chuck it up. It necessitates more abuse and simpler to replace. A four-penny nail works as good as a 1/16-inch bit. You can go all the way up to a 16-penny nail, which is about a 1/8-inch.