At our June Bugs summer program last week, the children were given an opportunity to hammer a couple of real nails into wood using an adult sized hammer.
“I never did this before,” one child said.
“My parents have a hammer like this,” said another.
As you can see in the photos, each child worked with focused attention. When we offer children the use of real tools and materials in a safe environment (in this case, goggles and adult supervision), it inspires a sense of competence and confidence. Children learn that they are capable of success and are empowered by mastery of simple skills using real tools.