Working with tools in the Nursery

The children in the Nursery are becoming experts at using the tools to make their own unique creations. To start with they learn how to use the tools safely before having opportunities to try the techniques in appropriate ways. As they gain mastery, delight and pride give their self-esteem a visible boost!
Once the children have mastered some basic skills, they then have time for open ended exploration where they can use their imagination, creative thinking and problem solving to design and make an amazing model. We have observed how woodwork encourages independence as the children find their own solutions to challenges that may arise such as 'How can I join these pieces together?' and 'How do I get this nail out?' Have a look at some of the designs that the children have been working on.