I had mentioned in the "Woodworking with Children" thread about how my 3 year old son plays with his toy tools. Well he was playing with them the other night, and I had to snap this picture. Keep in mind that he did this all on his own, I just got him to stand still long enough to take this picture. The mask and goggles are toys, but the ear muffs are the real ones he uses when he is in the shop with me.
Some of his favorite shows to watch with me are The New Yankee Workshop, Wood Works, and The Wood Wright's Shop. He recognizes who Norm is. When we go to Rockler, he always points out the NYW sponsor sign that they have in the window.
His latest is watching Matt Vanderlist's video podcasts of Matt's Basement Workshop. I've you've never seen it before check it out.
Its great, we go to Home Depot / Lowes just to walk around. Of course we always end up in the tool section. As we walk through, he will correctly point out varous tools, such as tablesaws, bandsaws, jointers, planers, drill presses, lathes, routers, circular saws, and drills. (and the occasional Delta dust collector at Lowes too!). He knows what a block plane and a bench/jack plane are. He can also identify the fence on a table saw, knows about how dangerous kick back is, and that you need a splitter on your table saw. How many 3 year olds can point at a maple tree and tell you it is a hard wood tree, and softwood trees have needles not leaves?
I hope I haven't created a monster......