Children 4 years or older should use REAL Tools like the RED TOOLBOX Junior Toolset. They learn to respect and work with the tools first on their way to learning how to make their own toys or things for the house.
This toolset contains a hammer, screwdriver, safety goggles, a measuring tape and 2 clamps. Light weight and small, they are perfect for 4-8 years old. Adult supervision is required for young children. Take this time to bond and work on woodworking projects with your kids. The benefits of woodworking are well worth it.
7 Developmental Stages of Children’s Woodworking
Cited in Adams and Taylor, 1982
- Acquaintance with tools and wood
- Simple skill attempts
- Simple construction
- Functional construction
- Decorative combinations
- Emergence of craft
Tip: You can start the nails for children. You can also place a comb between the nail head and the child’s fingers as a barrier to prevent injury.
Woodworking Benefits & Skill-building
- Eye-hand coordination
- Dexterity/fine motor
- Creative thinking
- Independence/self esteem
- Stress reliever (pounding)
- Textures and properties
- Respect for tools and materials
- Increased awareness and understanding of the world around them
- Language development