Want to expose your kids to an art that is often overlooked for the young? Woodworking!
Your mind might go immediately to the dangers – saws and splinters and injuries, oh my! But you can keep it simple and safe for your preschoolers. Christmas was the perfect time at our house – we set up an Elves’ Woodshop for the kids.
We set this up as a self-serve kind of station, where the kids could play whenever they wanted. So everything needed to be well-labelled, easily accessed, and easily tidied up. Here’s what you might want to include:
- Small pieces of scrap wood sanded smooth so there are no sharp edges – the kids may want to stack with these or paint/marker/glue on them
- Pieces of dowel that are different lengths – our kids made everything from drumsticks to magic wands with these
- Paint and paintbrushes, markers, crayons
- Wood glue
- Googly eyes, pompoms, ribbons, etc. to add to their wooden creations
- Safety glasses, work gloves, etc.
- A small child-sized hammer
- A small screwdriver with screws
- Elastic bands (kids will love screwing in two screws and stretching elastic bands between, bigger kids can use tweezers to do this for an extra challenge)
Happy woodworking little elves!