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Kids can swap toys for tools with B&Q

Youngsters will be able to swap their toys for tools after bosses at a Paisley DIY store offered to give them lessons on how to help mum and dad around the house.

Home improvement giants B&Q are offering the classes to kids after carrying out research which shows that nearly 50 per cent of parents worry their children will grow up without having learned basic skills such as DIY, cooking, gardening and sewing.

Due to popular demand, B&Q will host the kids’ classes at the store at Abbotsinch Retail Park in Paisley each weekend until December – teaching youths how to hammer a nail, saw wood and use a power drill.

The one-hour classes for children aged between seven and 11 are attended by kids and their parents, allowing them to learn practical skills together. Youngsters will get the chance to choose from 15 different classes, ranging from making bird boxes to a planter for the garden and even sledges for the upcoming festive period.

All of the classes, which cost £5 a time, are held under the guidance of B&Q’s experts. Katherine Paterson, B&Q’s marketing director, said: “It’s surprising to see that today’s children spend so little time helping out around the home and that parents are concerned that their children will grow up without knowing how to do basic household tasks.

“It’s important that young people and families get the chance to take some time out and spend time together learning new practical skills, which is why we are rolling out our kids’ classes into 50 of our stores nationwide, including Paisley.

“The classes have been running in selected stores and have been hugely popular with parents and kids alike as they are able to make something together from scratch.”

To book, visit or call 0845 600 5428.

Source : Andy Newport - Paisley Daily Express

05 November 2011
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Thank you for the excellent presentation that you gave at Woodbury Park on Thursday morning. It was very interesting and thought-provoking for our Retail members. The feedback has been excellent.

Martin Elliott. Chief Executive - Home Hardware.

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