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Hammering is not an easy skill to learn, but a fabulous activity for eye-hand coordination when the children are able to manage it.

If they haven’t tried it before, it is a good idea to start them off hammering into something soft like a bar of soap or some polystyrene.

This gives them the chance to hone the skills of holding the nail upright to start it off and hammer the nail in straight from the top.

The children were able to move onto hammering into a log, which again wasn’t too hard. It is always best to use a soft wood such as pine.

It is tricky getting the concept across to them of letting the hammer do the work – hold it by the handle, use your wrist and allow the lever to do its darndest.

They ended up doing a great job and we didn’t even have any hit fingers (this time!).

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8 Responses to “hammering fun”

  1. Such a great idea for hand/eye coordination! I’ve been meaning to try something similar to this with my toddler – golf tees in styrofoam! Just reminded me of it – THANKS!

    Jamie @ hands on : as we grow

    ::: Golf tees would certainly be a great place to start Jamie! 🙂 🙂

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  3. Can’t wait to give hammering on a log a go!

    ::: Not only fun Jenny but a great cooperative project! 🙂 🙂

  4. lis wolf says:

    they’d never let me do this at the preschool i work at…the kids can’t even play in the muddy areas outside. but wow, how awesome is this!

    ::: Awww Lis 🙁 You had better give your ‘manager’ our number … We should talk! 🙂 🙂

  5. Nichole says:

    We did some chalk painting at playgroup which involved having the kids smash up bits of chalk in ziplock bags with their hammers (they could mix their own colours this way too). A nice easy way to get used to using a hammer without putting any fingers at risk 🙂 We tipped the contents of each bag into some empty muffin tins, added some water and then had beautiful coloured paint to use on the concrete paths outside… then it washes away next time it rains.

    ::: That’s a really cool idea Nichole and sounds like an awful lot of fun! 🙂 🙂

  6. Cecilia says:

    We have been hammering in the woods with hammers we made from y shaped pieces of wood . . . the children sawed them off dead branches which were lying about.
    In fact they were so popular most children took theirs home with them to use in the garden.

    ::: Awww … what a beautiful idea Cecilia! 🙂 🙂

  7. Julie says:

    What a great idea using polystyrene – my class loved hammering into small pieces of wood, but found some too thick – must try this with my new class:) We ended up using wood glue to make aeroplanes and boats then taking them inside to paint.
    Love all these useful tips – thanks!

    ::: Thanks Julie! The polystyrene idea is a really good which gives the children the confidence to tackle the wood. We reckon our children would happily make wooden boats and flying machines all day long if we could keep up the wood supply! 🙂 🙂

  8. Darcey says:

    This is a great way for children to learn how to hammer. I don’t think they would do this at the place I worked at, but they did use golf tees and foam with wooden hammers. The problem with the golf tees was they’d always splinter and break. The kids always had fun though. I’ve included your post on my weekly favorites here: http://play2grow.blogspot.com/2011/02/weekly-favorites-for-february-13-2011.html

    ::: That is a real shame Darcy because we find that if the children are able to be supervised and use the proper equipment, such as nails, they are less likely to do harm to themselves the way they might using inferior substitutes like the golf tees.… BTW Thanks so much for linking us! 🙂 🙂