If you live near a Lowe's you really should take your young kids there for a building workshop. I don't know if they are all the same but the one by us is every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 10:00am. They give every kid an apron to wear (and keep) and at each session they have several different things that you can pick to build. Alexa has built a toolbox, a time capsule, a jewelry box, a flower pot and many other things. They also usually have seasonal things to build around Halloween, Christmas, etc. And after you finish each project they give you a little patch that coordinates with what you built that can be sewn on to your apron...we've seen some kids with just tons of them, it's so cute!
I'm not sure what the "recommended" ages are for this but Matt started taking Alexa when she turned two and even that young she really enjoyed it and actually could participate in the building too. I just think this is such a great thing to do with your kids. Mostly Matt takes Alexa so it's just an awesome way for them to hang out by themselves and do something different and fun. Also, Alexa always get so excited about what she made and can't wait to show me and anyone else she can. It's just all around a really fun thing for kids and their parents!
Here's Matt and Alexa getting ready to leave this past weekend.
This session had a special appearance by a local fireman and a fire truck. So the kids got to build their own little fire truck and then they got to visit with the fireman and sit in the truck. They also got a bunch of fun stuff...hats, tattoos, stickers, coloring books, etc.