Our Sons GF has a 10 year old son. Although my son trys to give Jack a good role model to follow my son does not have very good mechanical skills not has he ever shown an interest in doing anything mechanical. On the other hand Jack likes to take things apart to see how they work, but usually has a problem when putting them back together.
So I decided I would invite him to come over and help me work in the shop so yesterday was his first day. We were working on an Exmark LazerZ that needed some TLC pretty badly. Well the first thing I started doing is taking some pictures of the Hyd line routing, carburetor & Linkage and the engine overall for reference as we worked on it. Jack looked at me puzzled and asked why are you taking pictures? I thought we were going to work on it? I explained that all to often, especially when I did not have parts handy, I would use the pictures as a reference as to how things were supposed to go so I could get it put back together correctly. He looked at me and you could see the light bulb going off in his eyes and he said "That is cool! I never thought about doing that."
It was a very enjoyable day and he defiantly pulled his weight. He changed out the deck wheels, after I showed him how, then helped change out the choke cable, Motion lever dampeners and then helped with cleanup. He also had a thousand questions of What does this do or can we use this. But he was satisfied when I told him eventually he would learn to use the bigger equipment but first he had to learn the basics and how to use basic hand tools.
Even with the all the rain it was a great day.