For Kindergartens & Preschools
Give your Tamariki the opportunity to explore tools, techniques, and safety while crafting an easy project in an engaging and enjoyable workshop.
1/2 day workshop
We come to you
For ages 3-5
Tools & materials provided
Everyone can participate
Quality 1:1 time
Links to Te Whāriki
Elevate Learning with TOYMAKER Woodworking Sessions!
Join us in the exciting world of hands-on woodworking tailored for children aged 3-5. At TOYMAKER, we proudly collaborate with esteemed institutions like Whanau Manaaki Kindergartens and a multitude of independent preschools across the Greater Wellington Region.
Our mission is to ignite creativity, nurture fine motor skills, and instill a sense of accomplishment through woodworking. By booking a session with us, you're not only inspiring your tamariki, but also infusing new vitality into your curriculum by strengthening your preschool's connections with Te Whāriki. Don't miss out on this enriching experience - schedule your session today and watch your young learners thrive!
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Select from an array of thrilling projects designed to accommodate various skill levels. If you're new to our workshops, start with our thoughtfully crafted entry-level projects, ensuring a safe and enjoyable introduction to woodworking. For those whose Tamariki have already relished our foundational workshops, it's time to step up to a more demanding challenge. Discover our advanced-level projects, offering a deeper dive into skill development and unleashing creativity. Just request a booking, and we'll promptly confirm the availability of your chosen date.
Perfect for complete beginners or those who need a bit of a refresher.
Designed for children aged 3-5, with a focus on 4-year-olds.
Intermediate-Level Workshop for Children Aged 3-5: Sawing & Joinery
3 hr250 New Zealand dollars
Intermediate-Level Workshop for Children Aged 3-5: Drilling & Joinery.
3 hr250 New Zealand dollars
Intermediate-Level Workshop for Children Aged 3-5: Mastering Joinery.
3 hr250 New Zealand dollars
Helping teachers bring woodwork to kindergartens.
TOYMAKER woodworking sessions are tailored to assist teachers in bringing the world of enriching woodwork directly into kindergartens.
We recognize that not every teacher may feel entirely confident in using real tools, or possess the expertise in crafting with resistant materials, particularly in today's diverse early childhood settings. This is where we step in. Our sessions are meticulously structured to provide a safe environment, along with the necessary tools and expert guidance, enabling children to swiftly acquire the safety and skills required for woodworking. With TOYMAKER, you'll not only ignite creativity but also cultivate a sense of accomplishment in both teachers and children alike.
TOYMAKER links to Te Whāriki, Tārai rākau.
Our workshops support learning across all strands of Te Whāriki. They foster the development of a broad spectrum of practical skills, creativity, problem-solving, mathematical thinking, scientific investigation, and much more.
Learning how to use real tools while making an interesting toy for kindergarten can be a very empowering experience for children. During our woodworking sessions, children are actively engaged, developing both knowledge and skills in areas that intrigue them, or even discovering new interests that will facilitate independent, hands-on learning. Achievements, such as sawing through a piece of wood or successfully hammering a nail, are celebrated. Children receive support and guidance, allowing them to experience success. TOYMAKER sessions also promote the valuable skills of persistence and perseverance, as children learn to master new techniques, problem-solve, and overcome challenges.
Don't give up, keep trying!
Our aim is to nurture a strong sense of mana in the children we work with. Through hands-on experiences with wood, they acquire new skills and conquer challenges, gradually viewing themselves as confident, capable learners.
This newfound confidence empowers them to take risks and embrace fresh challenges. Our projects, thoughtfully tailored for 3-5 year olds in kindergarten settings, foster independence, enabling children to shape their current and future learning experiences. Engaging in a TOYMAKER session under the guidance of an instructor builds resilience. As children problem-solve and surmount obstacles, they come to understand that it's perfectly fine not to always succeed, but with perseverance, goals can be attained.
Safe creations, happy explorations.
Children's safety is our priority.
We maintain a comprehensive risk assessment documentation and offer a detailed health and safety guide to ensure that the workshop is a low-risk activity. Our staff undergo regular police vetting, and a copy of the report is available upon request. You are also welcome to conduct your own check for added assurance.
Meet the Toymaker-enriched kindergartens:
Our program is designed to be adaptable, catering to various budgets for extracurricular activities. Whether it's a one-time visit or ongoing weekly or termly workshops, we can accommodate your needs. We boast a wide array of projects and creative ideas aimed at instructing, engaging, and sparking inspiration in your tamariki through the art of woodworking.
We collaborate with kindergartens and preschools throughout the Greater Wellington region.