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August 2023 - Build-Your-Own Toolbox

I'm not tired of this craft, Grandpa! 👴

This month we are learning about Grandpas! Grandpas are neither guaranteed nor required, but having one can be a blessing. Grandpas can teach new skills, share family stories, and impart important lessons that will help you grow! But here is a secret: you can help your grandpa just as much! Our craft this month is inspired by one of our books: When Grandpa Gives You a Toolbox by Jamie L. B. Deenihan & Lorraine Rocha.

Now, this toolbox will likely be unable to hold any of those hefty, conventional tools. (By likely, we mean definitely.) Nevertheless, you will be able to hold lighter toys or trinkets, all while remembering the important lessons learned during our Gramps! program.

🧰 Build-Your-Own Toolbox 🧰


🧰 Balsa Wood Toolbox Kit (we got ours from Oriental Trading).

🧰 Tacky Glue (You can use Wood Glue if you have it, but make sure you are outside and being helped by an adult.)

🧰 Fun Stickers (We used foam stickers shaped like tools!)

🧰 Optional: Paint Brush and Glue Dish (If you'd like to apply the glue with a brush.)

Note: This project is most easily done with another person to help!


1. Lay out your pieces. You should have four side panels (two long sides and two short sides), a bottom panel, and a handle. Find the top of the long sides by finding the edge without tabs.

2. Decorate your side panels with stickers! Make sure you keep stickers away from where the tabs will be inserted so the panels can stay flush when put together.

3. Apply glue in-between the tabs and the holes. Piece together the sides, one at a time, until all sides are together. (Don't be afraid to work together with a friend or adult to keep the pieces together as you glue.)

4. Glue around the holes on the bottom panel where the side panels will be touching once they are inserted. With help, flip the side panels upside-down so you can easily place the bottom panel into place, making sure the bottom panel is all matched up with the tabs and is flush with the side panels.

5. Insert the handle piece through the hole in the top of the toolbox. Place some glue around where the handle joins on both sides. Leave to dry.

And there you have it! A toolbox made with the help of a friend! Of course, you can use paint, glitter, or other bobbles to decorate your toolbox and make it extra special! (Just don't expect it to carry anything too heavy.)

Of course, not all Grandpas are construction experts. That's not true at all! Whether you have grandparents or not, one thing is for certain: we can all learn from each other, whether young or old, relative or unrelated. What is important is that we take the time to listen, learn, and then use that knowledge to help others when the time comes!

We hope to see you at our program this Saturday, August 19th, in Idaho Falls and Pocatello.


We will be at Winnie & Mo’s, 343 A St, starting at 10:30am.


We will be at Discovery Dance School, 310 E Clark St, starting at 1:30pm.

The space is ADA compliant. You may park in the parking lot either in front of or behind the studio.

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