Your local Home Depot and Lowe's both have fantastic free kid's workshops on Saturday mornings (Lowe's is every other Sat. and Home Depot is the first Sat. of every month) where kids can build a pre-fab project and gain not only a beginning knowledge of real tools, but also a sense of accomplishment and confidence!
At your child's workshop, they will recieve an apron (just like the grown up employee's wear) and a set of goggles to take home and bring back for every project they do! Upon completion of their project, they recieve a certificate and a patch or pin to adhere to their apron.
(every project comes with well documented instructions!)
As a non-handy parent, I find this oppurtunity wonderful and it allows me to provide them with the experience, without, ahem, being handy myself! To sign up for a workshop, visit your local Home Depot in person or Lowe's online or in person as space is limited from week to week.