::: hammering fun
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!).