We are exploring tools at Biehus in our Winter Series! I am hardly Miss Handy (despite my woodworking attempts), but thankfully projects for young children don’t require the technical expertise that many “grown-up” projects do. Building together can be a wonderful way to pass the time on a rainy spring afternoon.
A New York Times article titled Kindergarten Shop Class caught my attention. In it, Doug Stowe, a respected woodworker reflects,
“Up until the early 1900s, there was a widespread understanding that the use of the hands was essential to the development of character and intellect…More recently, we’ve had this idea that every child should go to college and that the preparation for careers in manual arts was no longer required. [Somewhere along the way] we have forgotten all the other important things that manual training conveys.”
Looking for a place to start? Montessori Services offers a number of wonderful early woodworking activities!