Even from a very young age kids can enjoy woodworking activities. These 5 fun woodworking activities for young children have been carefully selected to be suitable for our younger (aged approx. 4+) DIYers but older children can also get enjoyment from these woodworking projects.
Our daughter went through a stage while she was at preschool of making something in the woodworking area to bring home every day. They had a great set up of hammers, nails, scraps of wood and other recycled items such as bottle caps, fabric scraps, and milk jug lids. It really doesn’t have to be fancy for children to get enjoyment from working with wood! It might seem a little daunting at first but woodworking is something that young children often love and is fabulous for a variety of reasons.
Woodworking activities are helpful for preschoolers and young children to develop their:
- Hand-eye coordination
- Creative thinking
- Fine motor skills
- Strengthening finger muscles and hands for writing
- Patience and concentration
- Math through engineering skills, measurements, and size
For obvious reasons make sure you supervise children while doing these activities. Young children will need plenty of help while completing these woodworking activities.
5 Fun Woodworking Activities for Young Children
1. Porcupine Hammer Practice
Kids that love to hammer will adore this porcupine woodworking craft. We are loving the tip about using a clothespin when hammering to save little fingers! Head over to How We Learn to read the full tutorial.
2. Hot Glue Gun Wood Construction
If you are looking for a woodworking activity that doesn’t include a hammer and nail then this is the activity for you! Using wood scraps let kids have loads of fun hot gluing them together to create all sorts of amazing creations. Visit Pickle Bums to find out more.
3. Wooden Robots
These robots have been made using wood glue but you can always use nails if that is what you prefer. This is a great first project as you don’t need to be exact with measurements. Visit Frugal Fun 4 Boys to read the full tutorial.
4. Wooden Faces
These wooden faces can be created by gluing or nailing all sorts of recycled items onto a small piece of wood. This fun project was done over at Reciclando En La Escuela where the creator works with children between the ages of 3 and 7. There is no written tutorial but lots of other photos showing this project.
5. Nailed Letters
Work on hammering skills and letter skills at the same time with this nifty nailed letter activity. Find out more over at Fairy Dust Teaching.