WOODWORK FOR CHILDREN
A fast-track opportunity for children to learn about tools, techniques and safety as they complete a simple project in a fun, hands-on workshop (tools, materials and safety gear provided).
1/2 day workshop
$250 incl. GST
A hands-on workshop that fits in every preschool's extracurricular budget.
Teaches the safe use of hand tools and correct woodwork techniques.
Fun & safe
A unique experience for boys and girls to work with real tools.
Boosts children's creative thinking and develops problem-solving skills.
PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR LIFE
We have designed this programme with a 'can-do' spirit in mind. It gives children an opportunity to work with real tools and acquire a multitude of practical skills. It helps to boost their self-esteem, confidence, and independence.
During our tārai rākau (carpentry) sessions, children learn to observe, predict, experiment, solve problems, and express their creativity in a 3-dimensional way. It helps them understand length, size, balance and force.
Through working with tools and resistant materials, children discover how things are made and develop many skills important to success in their future life. These include systematic and critical thinking, the ability to reflect and envision, finding connections and solutions to problems, promoting dialogue, negotiation and decision making.
Many children will need to use tools in their future jobs as many professions require work with tools to develop ideas, design, create, and repair. Our programme provides an opportunity to experience working practically with hand tools and to experience the joy and learning that woodwork brings.
Our programme helps children to shape the world around them by teaching them to discover, construct and build. It incorporates mathematical thinking, scientific investigation, developing knowledge of technology, and deepening their understanding of the world as well as the development of hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, sense of precision, communication, and language.
Our woodworking sessions run at preschools, kindergartens, learning centres and schools, and are suitable for children aged 3+. The Programme invites connections between different aspects of learning, supports learning across all strands of Te Whāriki and supports current thinking on how children learn best.
During our woodworking sessions, children acquire basic knowledge about tools, work safety, woodwork techniques, wood properties, length, and size. Through participation in simple projects, they learn how to safely and effectively manipulate wood using vices, clamps, saws, and drills. They also learn to attach hardware using hammers, pliers, and screwdrivers. By being trusted and given the responsibility to work with real tools, tchildren build self-esteem and confidence.
SAFE & FUN
Woodwork is a low-risk activity when introduced and supervised correctly. Life is full of risks and challenges and we need to prepare children to meet these by allowing them to take risks within a safe environment.
Our programme teaches children respect for things that can be harmful and highlights the need for care in certain situations. Our woodworking sessions take place in a purpose-built mobile workshop we bring with us. We provide everything required to run a safe and productive woodworking session: a mobile workbench, tools, wood, hardware and safety gear.
We maintain comprehensive Risk Assessment documentation and a detailed Health & Safety Guide to ensure our instructors and all adults monitoring the woodworking sessions are familiar with our safety rules.
In today's society, there is an emphasis on continuously buying new products and disposing of them when broken. Our hands-on learning program counters the current consumerist culture with curiosity-driven experimental learning.
We provide children with a basic insight into the skills needed to make and repair rather than consume and dispose of. It embraces the process of making and empowers children to become makers with a can-do attitude.
Woodwork for Young Learners is an eco-friendy learning program. We do NOT contribute to deforestation or environmental pollution. All wood used during our woodworking sessions is reclaimed, non-toxic pine from local sources. We use metal hardware only: nails, screws, washers, etc. (no plastic materials or parts).