Most all children enjoy creating things to see what they are able to do. You should take advantage of their natural desire to create by introducing them to the joys of building with wood. Depending on the age of your child, you may have to help them measure, cut, and put it together, but it will be worth it in the end. By teaching kids to enjoy woodworking and carpentry projects, you are opening up the world to them. They will learn the satisfaction of creating things, learn how to use basic hand tools, and gain the confidence required to know that they can do anything they want to do.
One of the best things you can do for your child before you allow them to start building is create a space that is theirs. If you have a workbench rather than your kitchen table, you will be less concerned about accidents that may happen. By accidents, we mean dribbled paint, missed hammer swings, and screws that end up going too deep. All of these things are likely and if they are on your dining room table, you will be upset over these accidents, which could take the fun out of it for your child. Keep in mind that kids are not born builders. It takes time and practice to learn.
Another tip for parents is that you should let your child’s creativity flow. When first building something, a small wooden car, keep it simple. Cut out a car shaped block of wood and round circular tires. Let them put it all together using nails or glue and then allow them to paint it. If they want to mix colors and paint it a crazy brownish black, let them. Eventually they will figure out that it looks better if they stick with defined colors. As their talents increase, you can also cut out car pieces that require them to use more tools and put parts in the right place.
The idea of teaching kids to enjoy carpentry and woodworking projects is to let your kids be creative. They will love it and want to show it to everyone they know. You will like the idea that they are growing and their abilities are as well. It is a winning situation for both of you and eventually you two will be able to take on larger projects together.