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Old 02-05-2018, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Old 02-06-2018, 01:01 PM
 
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Do your girls a favor. Teach them some of the simpler upkeep things around the house like how to change out a faucet or replace an electrical outlet or ceiling fan and how to use a power drill or powered saw. Those lessons will help them in engineering and in life.
I am a woman living alone, and I wish I knew how to do more things around the house. It's hard to find someone to do the little jobs, and when you do, they see "woman living alone" and the prices go up.

Basic handyperson skills would also be a way of teaching them How Things Work.
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Old 02-07-2018, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Central, NJ
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Do your girls a favor. Teach them some of the simpler upkeep things around the house like how to change out a faucet or replace an electrical outlet or ceiling fan and how to use a power drill or powered saw. Those lessons will help them in engineering and in life.
If only people valued these kinds of things. It's as if everyone thinks being able to manage small tasks is beneath them. My car battery died at my son's school one morning. I was lucky people were willing to help and I had jumper cables and no one knew how to use them. They were stunned that I did and, I kid you not, one man didn't know how to open the hood of his car.

It's fun to build all of these little machines everyone is suggesting and it will make you feel good for an afternoon. But nothing feels better than being able to take care of yourself.
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Old 02-10-2018, 02:03 AM
 
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My boys loved to go to the craft store and pick up a model. They have them for all ages. Some were more like puzzles.

I bet if you went to your local library and children's librarian he/she would have suggestions and books for you. Find something both your children would enjoy. If they decide on something like rug making be enthusiastic and encouraging. It's always nice to do something relaxing and a new skill.

I'm sure youtube would have lots of interesting engineering experiments for kids.

Now one I remember but it's been a long time ago:

Liter bottle
1 hard boiled egg, peeled
Match

Toss the lit match in the bottom of the plastic bottle. Place the egg on the bottle opening. (was it a beer bottle?) The experiment is the egg will get sucked into the bottle and will be whole even if the opening is too small.

Another is the baking soda and vinegar for making a volcano. You can use those two while cleaning the toilet.
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