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Woodworking Young Children

If you enjoy passing the time by woodworking projects you may want to try and get members of your family involved. Woodworking young children learn respect for the tools used and will develop some excellent skills to take into other areas. If you have young children you will be forgiven for feeling a degree of panic when you see the title of this article but you can teach woodworking young children step by step until you are comfortable they are safe a workshop area.

The main rule of thumb when it comes to woodworking young children is to start very, very slowly - don't plug in a power-saw and then hand it over to a five year old, use your head. Try to start off by sanding down the edges of a particular piece of wood - young kids will love this. Once they have got to grips using the sandpaper use it in a small project with them.

Try implementing the actual material of wood into their learning i.e. get into explaining that wood comes from trees that are cut down. Once you've covered the basics of where wood comes from then move on to the grains of wood. Move onto tools but only teach the woodworking young children one tool at a time - they must know the use and the dangers of each individual tool before you move on to the next.

If at any time the child decides to not follow the rules you have set out regarding the usage of tools then bang!! That's that for the current session. Put the tools and the wood safely away and let the child know that their woodwork experience will be cut short every time they break the safety rules.

Try and construct a little workbench of sorts for a child that is over four years of age. This will give them a sense of importance and a place to call their own when it comes to teaching and learning woodwork. With woodworking young children the best types of wood to use are soft woods - try getting hold of some redwood or cedar. When it comes to using nails with children then always start the nail off for them - a couple of medium taps from a hammer will be just fine.

The main point to remember with woodworking young children is an obvious one - safety. Supervision is a must at all times. Do not pop out to the toilet or to answer the phone, stay in the woodworking area at all times.


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