The raw materials of learning are the physical objects, activities, and social interactions we provide young children both in the classroom and at home. You can provide your child with concrete, authentic, empowering experiences by creating a woodworking station at home; they are working on these skills in the classroom too! Parents may have concerns about their child’s safety with real tools; but if you start out slowly and provide careful supervision as your child acquires the new skills they will truly benefit from using the real world tools. You should teach your child how to use the real tools correctly and scaffold their learning (meet them where they are and build upon their existing skills).
Children who participate in woodworking feel trusted. They work on social skills as they build with their peers (and you) and share their creations. They use math skills such as shape, size, contrast, comparing, spatial relationships, and problem-solving. The results of their work provide them with a sense of pride and accomplishment and a concrete 3D representation of their hard work. Although there is a small risk of injury, the benefits of woodworking for young children far outweigh the potential mishaps. Below are a few of the other skills your child will be building while woodworking:
So the next time you are looking for a project to start with your child considered a woodworking project and get busy creating something wonderful!