Most experienced welders can recall the time in their childhood when a relative or family friend showed them how to weld. At the very least, they remember watching these people work in their shops on various projects and feeling interested in what they were up to.
If you are a frequent welder or DIY person with kids in your life, you’ve likely wondered about teaching them how to weld. Or they may have come to you asking for you to impart your wisdom and skills. But because welding can be dangerous, bringing kids into the mix is a daunting task. However, when welding is properly taught, you instil a value in kids for building and fixing things themselves- plus it could also be a good parent and children bonding over the weekends.
So, let’s take a read at these tips below!
When to Start
It is more likely that you will be able to see to them that they have welding skills, or that they are prepared to do that. But you also have to be observant if they are really ready or is this just a sign of imitating behaviour from you. But because welding can be dangerous, bringing kids into the mix is a daunting task. And when you were the student, you probably didn’t give much thought to the ins and outs of learning how to weld. You just soaked up the information provided to you. But now you may find yourself on the other side of that scenario. As the teacher, you may feel a little lost. But many of us are natural teachers. Especially when it comes to something we’re experienced in and passionate about.
When welding is properly taught, you instil a value in kids for building and fixing things themselves.
Getting Them Interested
Maybe your kids haven’t expressed an interest in welding, but you think they’re old enough to learn. And you’re anxious to start showing them a thing or two. You may need to build up some interest. Welding can seem like a slow, boring process to some kids. So they may not be as eager to learn as you are to teach them.
The best way to spark their interest is to demonstrate all the uses welding has. Not all kids are going to appreciate its use for fixing cars or doing other common repairs. But if you demonstrate the other things it can do, such as building a go-kart, they’ll be a lot more motivated to learn.