Taking the Joy of Wood to kids in primary schools around Perth, Western Australia, we have mostly been working with Kindergarten, Pre-Primary and Year 1 students - kids aged 4 -7, and they love to be creative and make things with their hands.
Sadly, working with tools is not something many kids get to do these days. I reckon that is why kids find it so empowering to use hammers, nails and saws - which is what we do so well.
|Sawing is an empowering thing!|
A few simple things will make a difference:
1. Provide an appropriate saw. The saws used for these activities are mostly members of the Backsaw family - commonly known these days as Tenon Saws. The saws I used with kids are nice old saws - preferably made before WWII, and even better if they were made before WWI - as ideally they will have nicely shaped and small handles. None of the plastic handled saws in your local hardware store are any good. Get a real saw. The two best saws of the many I have kids using are well over 100 years old. Beautiful and a joy to hold!
|Nice action, Kiddo.|
|Beautiful saws. Heavy brass backs, small shapely handles, English (Buck), and over a century old.|
My best saws for kids to use.
|This one forgot the index finger position, but work nicely cramped still.|
|Using a sawing station. We have these at diferent heights for different sized kids.|
|So many pieces to choose from...|
It's great to watch kids experiencing the joy of sawing wood!