One way to support the growth of kids is to allow them to work in their zone of proximal development. With woodworking, the children will be able to be creative, resourceful, and become excellent problem-solvers. Along with guidance from the people who love them, these children can gain the following from woodworking:
- A more creative mind
- Ability to compare, conceptualize, and cooperate
- Better eye to hand coordination
- Capability to match, measure, and sort
- Fine motor skills
- Increased awareness of the world around them
- Knowledge about textures and properties
- Language development
- Respect for tools and materials
- Stress relief
- Wider imagination
Developmental Stages of Children’s Woodworking
According to Adams and Taylor (1982), there are seven developmental stages. First, they need to be acquainted with the wood and the tools. This is why teachers who incorporate woodworking in their subjects first introduce superb information about the different handyman tools. Second, they attempt to do simple tasks. Third, kids start constructing simple projects. In the fourth stage, refinement is given more emphasis. Then the kids will create projects that are more functional than decorative. In the sixth stage, the children will be able to combine function and decoration. The last stage is where the kids develop their craft.
Easy Woodworking Projects
Here are five easy projects for your kids. Remember that they still need adult supervision and guidance for these projects as some would involve cutting using various power saws.
This project is also recommended for the young ones. Just be sure to do the cutting of materials for them if they’re too young to handle a saw.
Wooden Picture Frame
A photo frame is a good start. Teach them how to carefully cut wood in preparation for their project. Use wood glue to connect the wooden pieces.
Kids love stamps—that’s an understatement. Instead of purchasing a ready-to-use stamp, it’s best to encourage them to make their own. It’ll fire up their creative mind, and it’ll expose them to several materials.
This is a simple yet functional project that any child would enjoy. In their small tent, they can chill out alone or hang out with their best friend.
A simple box that can hold their crayons, pencils, and markers is also an excellent woodworking project for a kid. They could also place other stuff which they deem essential. This will enable them to know the value of their things.
Construction Worker Song
One way to introduce woodworking to kids is with a song. Here’s the lyrics of the Construction Worker Song in the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”:
This is the way we pound our nails, pound our nails, pound our nails,
This is the way we pound our nails, so early in the morning.
This is the way we saw our wood, saw our wood, saw our wood.
This is the way we saw our wood, so early in the morning.
This is the way we use a screwdriver, use a screwdriver, use a screwdriver,
This is the way we use a screwdriver, so early in the morning.
This is the way we drill a hole, drill a hole, drill a hole,
This is the way we drill a hole, so early in the morning.