At Rachel Keeling Nursery School we introduced using tools with children over a decade ago. Children regularly use saws, hammers and the vice when creating models with wood.
They also use different methods for joining materials when creating models with recyclable materials such as cereal cartons.
Over the past few weeks children have been using various donated fabrics to design and make their own bags.
This involved measuring, talking, selecting, laying out, cutting and attaching pieces.
We promote the exploration and creation of pieces but sometimes there is no end product.
For example, children may work with transient art - natural pinecones, feathers, pebbles, shells and conkers to create designs and then deconstruct them again for someone else to use.
Sometimes there is an end product that children can use, such as these bags.
Supporting children developing their concentration and problem solving, as well as learning how to safely use the hot glue gun and a sharp needle too were some of the outcomes in this mini-project.
Can you sew? We would love some parent volunteers to come in and sew with the children!