Cannot believe my boy is really five years old!
As he is a really big boy now, we decided to get him his very own tool kit.
Not toys, but real tools made to fit a child's hands. I found a montessori seller on eBay who sources real quality tools that are just the right size, so that little hands can wield them without too much trouble.
I have some great wood work projects for him planned. He is really into gardening at the moment, so we HAVE to make a dibber like Martha Stewart's for easy, even, seed sowing.
It's simply achieved and will involve measuring, drilling, sawing and hammering practice.
Along the gardening theme we'd also make ourselves a veggie harvesting basket like this one that I discovered on Pinterest.
And finally I intend to help him make his own Geo board, which will involve measuring, drilling and screwing. He's so excited by these big 'man' tools (tools that aren't made of plastic) and cannot wait to get started at building something exciting. I love encouraging him to feel like he can achieve, as he is so fearful of trying things he thinks he might fail at (I believe it's an ASD trait of perfectionism).
Plus, every child should own some safety specs, whether it's for DIY or chemistry fun!