Children love to crash and bash and letting them get hands-on with basic tools is fab for an array of things. It helps build confidence and fine motor skills and can be brilliant for concentration. It’s also wonderful for encouraging creative flair. And letting children have free range with close adult supervision can set them up for a healthy interest in working with their hands as they grow older.
We’ve previously had fun with a hammer and nails so the children are very familiar with this kind of activity.
- A block of wood (we used an offcut of decking)
- Some small nails
- String or wool
- Safety goggles
I then let Boo, age 3, bash in the nails. If your child finds this hard then you could use a nail to gently tap into the wood to mark where the nails will go. This will make it easier for them to stand the nail up without it slipping away.
A simple activity that was fun, hands-on and a test of growing fine motor skills.
She was really proud of herself.
Once all the nails had been bashed in we used some wool to wind around the nails.
And it was finished! We used a nail on each side of the wooden block to create a hanger and hung it on the wall.
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