Using real tools helps kids feel trusted, powerful, and capable. It also helps them develop useful skills, improve small and large muscle strength and control, hone self-regulation skills, and more.
Overview In part 4 of this series, we’re digging in to clamps. (Check out previous posts on Safety Gear, Pounding Tools, and Measuring, Marking, And
Overview This post looks at three ideas for setting up hammering stations for young children. Before that, let’s take a quick look at why adding
Overview In this third installation of my Selecting Woodworking Tools For Kids series, we’ll look at measuring, marking, and leveling tools. Previously in the series,
Overview Using a hammer is a way for young children to feel powerful and make noise while refining large and small muscle strength and control,
Overview The idea was to put together a short post about selecting woodworking tools for children, but I soon realized a short post wouldn’t do
Successfully driving screws at one of these screwdriver work stations leaves young kids feeling strong and capable.
This short video explains the basics of drill painting.
Here’s a look at some DIY paint brush ideas.
In this activity, preschool kids get to chip away at bricks and stones with a hammer and chisel. It’ll leave them feeling powerful, trusted, and capable. It also builds hand-eye coordination, visual tracking skills, muscle control, muscle strength, and more.
This is our second article looking at ball peen hammer use with young children. In the first, we looked at using the ball peen (the ball shaped side of the hammer) to make dents. This time, we’ll look at using the striking face (the head with the flat surface) and a punch to make holes in steel.
Kids love using hammers, but the cold hard truth is that many younger children do not have the strength or hand-eye coordination necessary to pound a nail into a hunk of wood. Luckily, not all hammers are meant to pound nails. The Ball Peen Hammer is designed for shaping metal. It’s a great entry level hammer for preschoolers that’ll help them build strength in their shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands as well as hone visual tracking skills, hand-eye coordination, situational awareness, and more.