As I was tidying up the back room, I found a box of wood projects. There were a lot of Trojan Horse Banks and also some Block Calendars. These types of projects can be purchased at Home Depot, and they include all the parts, hardware, sticker decorations, and step-by-step directions. If you are wondering what a Trojan Horse Bank is, it is like a piggy bank, but instead of a pig, it is a Trojan Horse with a slot for coins. The Trojan Horse Bank is a a fairly satisfying project. It takes about 15 minutes to make and it looks impressive.
The Block Calendar is a bit more challenging, even for adults. The best way to complete the calendars is to glue the parts together first, wait for the glue to dry for 30 minutes, and then nail everything (or if you have a nail gun, that would make it really easy… and sorta dangerous). No matter which project you do, make sure to unpack, count the parts, and try it first. We used acrylic paint, wood glue, hard coat Mod Podge, hammers (tools are surprisingly cheep at Wall-Mart), screwdrivers, and needle-nose pliers. Note: It is sometimes helpful to hold the nails with needle-nose pliers when the teens are hammering. It was fun to use some real tools, and everyone was very responsible!