Build Lasting Memories
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What is Hands 4 Building?
Hands 4 Building is a company located in Portland, Oregon that manufactures project "kits" designed to empower parents and instructors to provide hands-on engineering and woodworking experiences for kids & teens.
Project kits are all inclusive. You receive everything you need including blueprints, custom miter box, clamps, hobby saw, basswood and step-by-step online instruction. 98% made in the USA.
Build Model Structures Plus Lifelong Memories!
EASY TO USE
Everything you need from start to finish is in the box.
Measure! Saw! Assemble! Glue!
LEARN PRACTICAL SKILLS
Real Tools! Real Blueprints!
Real Materials! Real Results!
Still not sure? Check out this short "How it Works" video.
MORE QUESTIONS? CHECK OUT THE FAQ'S HERE
Family members of all ages can participate!
Starter Kit Engineering ProjectDon't have a Starter Kit?
4 Kids & Teens 8-12 years
(Workshop + Nativity Barn Project)
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Kids & Teens - Structural EngineeringAlready have a Starter Kit?
4 Kids & Teens 8-12 years
(Nativity Barn + Bridge + Windmill Project)
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WORKSHOP + NATIVITY BARN
Includes Hands 4 Building Kids & Teens Workshop.
Includes the Model Nativity Barn Project.
Includes Curriculum Link
Use your Workshop Again & Again to build Additional Projects!
8-12 year olds use kid-friendly blueprints, custom miter box with hobby saw and sustainable basswood sticks and strips to build a scale model nativity barn.
NATIVITY BARN + BRIDGE + WINDMILL
8-12 year olds *Requires Hands 4 Building Kids & Teens Workshop.
Workshop is sold separately with Hands 4 Building Starter Kit- Engineering 4 Kids & Teens.
This Add-On Project Pack includes a Model Nativity Barn Project, a Model Bridge project and a Model Windmill Project.
Includes Curriculum Link
Use student-friendly blueprints, custom miter box with hobby saw and sustainable basswood sticks and strips to build a Model Nativity Barn Project, a Model Bridge Project and a Model Windmill Project.
Meet the Founders
Hands 4 Building is a company created by an educator, builder and craftsman. Our mission is to empower teachers and parents to provide hands-on engineering and woodworking experiences for kids & teens.
Hands 4 Building is based in Portland, Oregon. We began as a summer enrichment program in 1990 and we have found what works. Our student-friendly tools, scalable blueprints, sustainable basswood and step-by-step lessons have endured the test of time.
Dennis Scott, founder of Hands 4 Building, saw the need to include the engineering element in STEM in every product he brought to market .As a builder he understands the importance of kids following a blueprint and using real tools and materials to MEASURE, SAW, SAND and ASSEMBLE. Kits with pre-made plastic parts and pieces do not provide the opportunity for kids to learn from their mistakes.
Dennis created our Starter Kits and Add-On Project Packs from everything he learned from serving 1000+ students. His aim is to assist YOU in engaging students in the relevant integration of STEM engineering and woodworking concepts.
Baila Scott came on board as a special education teacher with 22 years experience in writing and implementing curriculum. Her organizational skills and expertise in breaking large tasks into small steps is a perfect fit for Hands 4 Building. Baila empowers parents and teachers to use our tools, blueprints and materials in their own living room, classroom, maker space, after school or coop program. She helps customize any order to fit your individual needs. Have questions? She is always happy to chat with you!
Mary Lou B.
Cascade Home Link Instructor
I love your kits. They are so easy to use and teach important principles of math, engineering, team building, following instructions, and incorporating creativity. When we finish a project and move on to something else the children keep requesting that we do woodworking again. Thank you for creating a hands-on resource that is easy for busy parents and teachers to set up and contributes to real learning.
It is fantastic. It is very easy to follow. Our customized order had everything I needed. It had the wood, the tools, the blueprints, the extras and very clear instructional videos. I have no woodworking experience whatsoever and I was actually able to facilitate a coop class of 15 students from start to finish. It has been a great product for us!
I am really pleased we bought customized project kits for our after school program because Hands 4 Building curriculum is very simple to execute as the instructor and inspires ownership and independence for the kids. I would highly recommend this product to Montessori instructors because this product is designed for hands-on learning and independence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Hands 4 Building?
Hands 4 Building is a unique experience. Unlike manufactured kits with plastic snap together pieces, children measure and saw the parts that are used to create model structures. Students learn to use real tools, real blueprints and real basswood providing the opportunity for real-world application and trial and error learning.
What is the age range for Hands 4 Building products?
Engineering 4 Kids & Teens is designed for students 8-12 years old. Our sequential online watch and do, watch and do instructional videos empower students to be independent with the building process. Set up a woodworking corner in your classroom or home.
Our Engineering 4 Kids & Teens projects also provide an opportunity for the entire family to work together. Younger children can participate in the building experience with adult supervision and involvement.
Engineering 4 Little Hands is designed for children 3-7 years old. Our step-by-step visual instructions empower parents and teachers to instruct the young student in proper use of the Workshop and building process.
Can I use the Hands 4 Building Workshop again and again?
Yes, the Hands 4 Building Workshop tools and supplies are designed for use with all Hands 4 Building projects. Add-On Project Packs and Refill Packs will affordably replenish your building experience for years to come.
How can I expand the building experience?
After Kids & Teens projects are constructed and framed, children love to add finishing touches. Add exterior walls and finishes to the house and barn. Use scrap pieces of basswood to frame doors and windows and design and build furniture. Add blade extensions to your windmill project and extend the lesson to enrich a STEM unit.
After Little Hands projects are constructed and the glue is dry, children enjoy painting their structures to make each one unique.
Can I adapt Hands 4 Building for multi-use settings?
A Hands 4 Building Workshop can easily be mounted on any tabletop in a classroom or home environment. Projects can be adapted for individual or teamwork. There are approximately 15-20 hours of building time involved in our Kids & Teens projects. There is approximately one hour of construction time involved in each Engineering 4 Little Hands geometric shape project and 3 - 4 hours of construction time for each vehicle project.
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