Saturday, June 19, 2010

Kid's Carpentry: Making Home-made Montessori Manipulatives


Here is our newest
Montessori-inspired manipulatives tray
built by my hubby 
and 7 year old daughter, "E"
for little sister "C" (age 3).

Filled with:
 nuts and bolts,
a powerful mini-magnet,
and these two blocks
with brass screws


Picked up all of our supplies
at our local Lowes Hardware store.

I think these blocks of wood
are supposed to be mini table legs,
they have a small screw at one end
that we found a wing nut that fit perfectly!


Found the wooden tray at Goodwill for $1.00

Scrap blocks of wood to protect 
our family room floor
while they had a small 
"power tools" demonstration....
What?! You mean you guys don't 
do carpentry projects on your family room floor?! 


"E" did the drilling with 
Dad's supervision
and loving every minute of it...

Psst.... See her cute new summer hair cut?
We got matching mommy and daughter
short haircuts for summer with 
my fabulous stylist Michelle! 


Meanwhile, "C" demonstrated how NOT to use a hammer.

Don't worry, it's her little fake 
plastic hammer... at least she's wearing safety glasses.


"E" using a real hammer.
Daddy is so brave allowing 
her to swing that close to his fingers. 


Testing the holes.


Good to go! 
(and no injuries -- woo-hoo)

Some of "C"s little 3 and 4 year old friends
were over here for some of my summer art camp classes this week
and they LOVED her new tray -- it was very popular.

Happy Building!
Fondly,
pink and green mama

MaryLea

5 comments:

Cheryl said...

That would be perfect for my soon-to-be 3 year old son. He loves tools and wants to be a builder/farmer. He has plenty of time to make up his mind. He would love the real nuts and bolts. Thank you for sharing.

Twig and Toadstool said...

I can see children just LOVING this! I think when our little Matilda gets old enough, we'll have to do this one!
again...thank you for the continued wealth of ideas and inspiration!
xo maureen

Anonymous said...

A friend who does woodworking with a group of kids at our church showed me a cool trick one day. If you need to hold a nail for a child to hit, use pliers. I know it is simple but I wouldn't have thought of it myself. I thought your husband would like to know, just in case he didn't think of it either.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Yes, thank you for the pliers advice!

I've heard you can use a comb to hold a nail for a child who is learning to hammer as well!

: ) Fondly,
MaryLea

Courtney Corey said...

My son goes to a wonderful Montessori school and has been doing woodworking since he was 3! Without Montessori, I don't know if I ever would have been brave enough to let him handle a hammer at such a young age. But, I have realized (through his school) that if taught how to correctly use and care for tools, little ones love woodworking and can do it without getting hurt. He has brought home so many neat creations from school and also works on his own projects at home with me. He also likes nailing bottle caps to small pieces of wood.

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