Activity of the Week

Make a Model

Last updated: Oct 29, 2012


When you were a kid you probably made at least one model car or plane, but the selection of models is even better today. You can build the Eiffel tower, a robot that can walk, or a sailboat with working sails. Even someone with limited small-motor coordination can enjoy model making with minimum assistance.

What you'll need:

  • Models can be ordered online or picked up at a local hobby or craft store.
  • Most supplies will come in your model kit.
  • A good work space and lighting make the task easier.
  • A craft magnifier comes in handy.
  • Some type of clamp makes it easy to hold the model in place and work comfortably.

Why it's great:

  • Model making provides hours of building and creating.
  • Model making can be enjoyed at home or can brighten up the day of someone in a care facility.
  • The models you make can become part of a collection or given as a gift.

How to do it:

  • Choose a model. You can go online and order a kit or visit your local craft or hobby store. Models come in a variety of skill levels, so consider starting with a simpler model and working up from there.
  • Clear a table or work space that can be used for model building for several days or weeks. Make sure the lighting and seating are comfortable.
  • Devise a clamp or stand that can hold the model so that you or your loved one can work more easily.
  • Consider inviting a neighbor or family member to work with you or your loved one.
  • Even if the model is never finished, a few hours of enjoyment is the ultimate goal.