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.