Easy Woodworking Projects For Kids To Stimulate Development
Woodcraft is a hobby with a great deal of possibilities. It takes some time and practice to master the basic skills of woodworking, but once there, it will be a pleasure to teach your children what you know. Since the passing on of knowledge from father to son or mother to daughter is a basic, human trait we all possess, woodworking skills are a great thing to pass on. Start with easy woodworking projects for kids so they will learn that woodworking is fun!
Not only will your children learn how to hold hammer and saw, you will be able to pass on many more things to the kids just because you are spending quality time together. All ‘under the cover’ of working wood. Same goes with fishing right?
Other than that, woodworking is great for your kids’ hand-eye coordination, measuring skills and problem solving skills.
It also teaches the children how to realize an abstract idea into a tangible result. And that at am early age. This will come in handy when they have their first science projects or even at a college level. It kind of helps structuring the thoughts of a child.
But before you start, it’s important to teach your kids some basics.
Woodworking Safety For Children
The most important thing is safety. First teach your kids that tools aren’t toys. Basis rules of the workshop apply, like the wearing of safety glasses and never to leave nails and screws lying around on the floor as they can cause serious injury. And when present in a workshop, everyone should pay attention and abide by the safety rules. And the most important rule of all; never to let your child work unsupervised in a workshop.
You will want to take it slowly, one step at a time. With that I mean not to start with teaching how a jigsaw works, or any other power tool for that matter. Children should start working with hand tools only and with easy to do tasks to build their self esteem and to teach them a skill they can easily build into a more sophisticated project.
Step By Step Introduction To Woodworking
It’s important to give them single tasks, so they won’t be overwhelmed and still feel that their effort is much appreciated. Tasks like sanding a surface by hand, or cleaning a piece of wood to prepare it for finishing.
Once your children are familiar with basic tools and skills you can give them their first project. This should be something easy, like a building a shelve. There is no woodworking project too easy for a child. It’s more important that your kid has a successful experience than the grade of difficulty of the project.
Teach them about the versatility of lumber and about the different types of wood. What kind wood is better for what kind of working. What wood type is easier to sculpt or bend, what type is denser and stronger and why. Woodworking is more than hammering and sawing lumber.
You can also teach the youngsters under four years old about woodworking. When you give them toy tools and/or build them a toddler workbench they will get a taste for woodcraft at a young age.
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