Woodworking with Children

Woodworking with Children
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Ask anyone who has ever worked with kids and they will testify that all kids, regardless of gender or race, are eager to learn new things. Part of this is because children are bursting with energy and curiosity to explore the relatively new surroundings. Also, children have an outstanding sense of creativity and imagination. When you combine these two factors, it’s clear to understand why scientific studies have shown that children can learn new skills very quickly.

One skill that children will benefit from learning is the art of woodworking. Since woodworking requires the usage of hands, children will be able to develop their motor skills as well as their hand-eye coordination. Also, woodworking is an important work-trade which will help children to get a job when they grow up. As a result, the art of woodworking will allow children to tap into their creative side where each kid will be able to own their artistic skills while having a ton of fun in the process. Besides, woodworking is a great bonding experience as well.

However, it must be remembered that woodworking, like any activity, has its risks. From sharp tools such as saws and drills to rough material such as wood and iron bits, many hazards exist and could cause injury when woodworking. Some people, as a result, might be hesitant when teaching young kids about woodworking. That’s why here are some tips on woodworking with children.

Use the right tools

Contrary to popular belief, you should let children use real tools when woodwork. This means no plastic play tools. Many hardware stores offer smaller and lighter but still fully functioning manual tools such as screwdrivers and hammers that are suited for children. Also, with supervision, feel free to let children follow your grasp on increasingly difficult tools such as electrically driven rotary saws and table saws after they have a better knowledge of woodworking safety procedures.

Use the right materials

Any experienced woodworker knows that certain materials are easier to use than others while completing a project or craft. This is due to many factors for the materials such as texture, size, shape and so on. Therefore you should use materials that are easy to work with when woodworking with children.

For example, you should use treated and softwood varieties when woodworking with children. This is due to two reasons. The first reason is that by using softwood varieties, such as pine or cedar, it will be easier for children to shape which will reduce the risk of kids overpowering themselves and losing their grip on their equipment which in turn reduces the risk of injuries that could occur. The second reason is that by using treated wood such as sheets of wood that has been previously smoothed with sandpaper, it will reduce the risk of a child getting injured from getting a piece of the splintered wood lodge into their body.

Another material tip for woodworking with children is to choose nails with large heads. This is because nails with large heads are easier for children to hammer into the wood. Likewise, screws with large and deep screw holes in their heads should also be used. This is because screws with large and deep screw holes in their heads are easier to screw into the wood by children using their screwdrivers. Make sure a vise permanently attached to the workbench to hold the wood in place when sawing.

Use the right location

A clean and proper workplace is a safe workplace. Ideally, you should have around 3 to 4 children per work table. Adding on to this, the ideal ratio of children to woodworking supervisor should also be 3 or 4 kids to the woodworker. This is so the woodworker can carefully supervise each child to make sure that they are using their tools and materials correctly and safely. Of course, the workplace when woodworking with children should be clean and well organized. Make sure of this by not having any mess lying around, making sure that all items are in properly labelled containers, electrical sockets and electrical tools are a safe distance away from any workbenches, and that the main workbench is in a visible area where all the children can see the woodworker working on a demonstration and that the woodworker can see all the children working on their crafts or projects.

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Incredible Woodworking Projects to Teach Kids About

Woodworking Projects to Teach Kids About

Woodworking is a hobby that can be fun for both the young and the old. This is partly because there are so many interesting and different projects and crafts that can be made in woodworking. That being said, however, it can be concluded that some woodworking crafts and projects will appeal more to certain age groups than others. For example, the younger generation of woodworkers, such as kids, will likely not have as much knowledge or experience as the older generation of woodworkers and so these kids will probably enjoy simpler and quicker to make woodworking crafts and projects.

Incredible Woodworking Projects to Teach Kids About

Here are some incredible woodworking projects to teach kids about. The projects mentioned here are easy to make and don’t require a ton of skill which will allow the youngest woodworkers to make them properly and they will feel proud as a result. Also, the projects mentioned here can be personalized so that each kid will get to show off their individuality. As a last note, the projects mentioned here are interactive too because what kid doesn’t like to play?!

Dollhouses

Since a standard dollhouse is typically a simple square structure when you consider the basic format, this woodwork craft is the perfect project to start with for the absolute youngest and inexperienced beginners and will teach the basic skills of woodworking. Also, a dollhouse can be for any sized doll too which allows each kid to participate in the process and use once they are done making this easy craft. By making a dollhouse, young kids will be able to learn how to use simple tools such as a hammer and nails and older kids who have more experience in woodworking can advance to drills and screws.

In effect, kids will learn how to use a powered or scroll saw to cut the wood depending on what they are comfortable with handling as well as how experienced they are. As a final note, a dollhouse can have as many rooms and features as your kid seems fit which means that this wonderful woodwork craft project can grow with your kid and keep them entertained for ages. See here

Sliced Wood Art

If you want to teach your kid about woodworking projects and crafts using raw, natural and untreated wood then sliced wood art is the way to go. Sliced wood art projects and crafts can include coasters, pendants for necklaces, miniature furniture, an alternative Christmas wreath and many more options that require some research online through searching up art inspired websites as well as a hint of creativity.

Therefore, with the wide array of sliced wood art projects and crafts, there is bound to be one particular assignment to excite anyone which will keep your kids engaged. Many sliced wood art projects and crafts require the use of a rotary saw or hand saw which gives the perfect opportunity to teach kids about how to use these powerful machines safely and correctly.

Rube Goldberg Machine

For anyone who doesn’t know, a Rube Goldberg machine is a series of structures that move in a way to complete a simple task with extra steps. Consequently, a Rube Goldberg machine can be an amazing woodwork craft project to do with kids. A Rube Goldberg machine can do any task with any amount of different steps which allows each kid to build one based on their interests and skill level.

Also, a Rube Goldberg machine can include simple structures, which will only require simple tools such as a hammer or chisel for younger and inexperienced woodworkers, or a Rube Goldberg machine can use complex structures which will allow older and higher-skilled woodworkers the chance to use trickier tools such as power saws and drills. As a side note, a Rube Goldberg machine will teach your kid on how to plan a woodworking project effectively.

Toy Vehicles

Toy vehicles can include wooden trucks, cars, trains and specifically anything with wheels. By teaching your kids on how to make wooden toy vehicles you can teach them about the science behind the workings of an axle and wheel system. Also, everyone knows that you can’t have square wheels so a toy vehicle project is a perfect opportunity to teach your kid how to cut non-linear pieces of wood using a powered hand saw. Just remember to let your kid choose what vehicle they want to make so that they stay interested in the project. 

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The Easiest Way to Teach Woodworking to Children

Woodworking for kids

The best way to preserve anything relating to customs or traditions is to teach it to the next generation. This can include recipes, songs, stories, languages and, yes you guessed it, art. One art form that will benefit from being passed down and taught to the next generation is woodworking.

However, many parents and teachers can be hesitant when it comes to teaching their children the art of woodworking. Part of this is due to the powerful yet dangerous tools that are associated with woodworking. These machines can include electric power saws, scroll saws and drills to manual tools like chisels and sandpaper. Another part to this hesitation to teaching children about woodworking is due to the possible body harm that can come from making anything out of wood. Multiple health hazards can occur during a woodworking session such as splinters from rough wood waste and choking from sawdust inhalation.

Although the art of woodworking does come with its risk, there is no reason to avoid teaching this valuable skill to kids. If done properly, instructing your little on how to do woodworking, you will be preserving an important piece of culture, teaching them a valuable trade as well as creating happy memories. Here is a guide on the easiest way to introduce woodworking to children.

The Easiest Way to Introduce Woodworking to Children

Teach Them at Young Age

Many scientific studies have been carried out that proves that kids are quick learners. This factor can be credited to a child’s underdeveloped yet eager and active brain which will mature as they grow older. Therefore, the earlier a new skill is learned, the quicker it will be to learn that skill. Also, the brain has been known to remember earlier memories better than recent memories. This means that the earlier that skill is learned, the more likely it is that this skill will be remembered. This all concludes that the sooner you teach anything to a kid, the better.

Let Them Learn Gradually

You can’t force anyone of any age into anything. This fact comes into play when introducing kids to woodworking. Therefore, you need to let your kids become involved in the woodworking industry gradually. You can start by letting kids watch you work on your woodworking projects first. Allow your kids to have their watching area in your workroom. Ideally, your kids watching area should be far enough away from any electrical sockets, electrical tools such as saws, falling hazards and sharp tools such as drills. When your kid becomes old enough, you can have them hold certain tools while you guide their hands. Start with manual tools such as a hammer or a chisel, and gradually allow them to join your hands as you work with electrical tools like saws and drills.

Don’t Assume their Skill Level

A well known and motivational phrase is “the professional in anything was once a beginner”. This saying is also true when it comes to teaching kids about woodworking. Therefore, don’t assume a child’s skill level. If you want to introduce your kid to the art of woodworking, you should teach them the basics first. Before you teach your kids anything about the actual process of woodworking, make sure that they have basic knowledge of woodworking safety procedures first. After this crucial step, you can let the creativity flow, the work to get going and the fun to start. Make sure to teach your kid to properly hold tools and materials first and then teach them about how to use them. Start with easy to use tools first such as a hammer and nails and then slowly introduce them to more complex tools such as drills and saws.

Woodworking for Kids: Simple Project Ideas

Woodworking is an art which is meant to be enjoyed. Saying this, it can be concluded that if your kid is not showing an interest in woodworking, then don’t force them to learn it. Likewise, if you want to introduce a new woodworking skill to your kid, such as how to use a power saw, don’t force them to learn how to use it if they are showing signs of hesitation or discomfort. To add on, make sure that your kids are having fun while woodworking. You can check this by making sure that you start with small, simple and fun projects that they want to do. Good beginner woodworking projects that you can try with your kid includes dollhouses, toy trucks, toolboxes and even birdfeeders. After all, everyone knows that it is easier to learn anything if you have an interest in it.

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