One thing we’ve not done much of is traditional hammer and nails wood work, but when The Father Figure discovered a couple of old, small, hammers and put new handles on them… well we had to try them out!
Starting a nail isn’t easy, even for bigger hands, and there were one or two banged fingers and a bit of frustration but luckily no major injuries.
To make holding the nail a bit easier, and safer I drilled holes into some plastic bottle caps. Now the kids can pop the nail through the hole and hold the plastic lid, keeping their fingers away from the hammer.
Just make sure the hole in the bottle cap is big enough to fit the head of the nail through, or you can just add the bottle cap as part of your construction!
You can also use a clothes peg to hold on to bigger nails while you hammer them in.
And to finish it off I broke out a new packet of markers…. my kids love new markers almost as much as I do!
Have you ever done wood work with your kids?
Got any good tips for us?