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If You Give a Boy a Drill…

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and a pile of scrap lumber…

he will spend all day outdoors with his friends building stuff.

These boys used a skill saw, a measuring tape, the drill and scrap lumber, and a few screws, and came up with a nifty new nest box for our hen house [2]!

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Then, they took this book, The Art of the Catapult [4], out with them and worked on making a “ballista [5]“, which is “an ancient military siege engine in the form of a crossbow”. (I’m a little nervous to know what kind of siege they are preparing for…)

They worked until it was too dark to see.

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My son has thoroughly enjoyed The Art of the Catapult and has often referred to it to build many contraptions. Backyard Ballistics [7] is another book that he has spent many hours reading and using to build awesome weapons. Check out the potato cannon he built [7]!

If you have a boy, both of these books would make excellent gifts! These were Christmas gifts 5 YEARS ago, and they are still well loved and used!

And since I mentioned power tools, I would like to hear from you.  At what age do you allow your children to use power tools?

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