Tap Tap construction game for children

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Have you ever seen this Hammer Nail Tap Tap game? They are sold in sets-  shapes, or animals, or houses or trees.  Each set comes with a number of timber pieces cut into the specific style, pre drilled with a small hole.  There is also a cork board, a container of tiny brass pin nails and a wooden hammer. I store…

Simple Pulley and Lever Activity for Children

Posted under Play activities, Wood


If only I’d known how easy it was to make a pulley system, I would have done it ages ago. Ned found a little toy that I bought many moons ago and yesterday, we worked out how to set it up. The toy is German made by Kraul. “Mini Cable Car” Sadly I have no idea of the supplier. If you do,…

More woodwork ideas with John Elliot, master craftsman

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Check out this great idea! It is a spinning game and 5 year old children can make it with a little help from mum or dad.   It is simply a ring of timber cut from a branch. Two holes need to be drilled with a hand drill (children can turn the handle whilst the adult supervises the safe grip…

Woodworking ideas for young children with John Elliot

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I love the IDEA of working with wood. But to be honest, I have no clue. I leave it up to my husband. But I was intrigued enough to sneak into the woodworking workshop on offer the other week. John Elliot, a gregarious former school teacher, and woodworker, and all round good guy, was the teacher.  This man is inspirational!…

Supporting Boys in Early Childhood Education

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I just had an email from Katie (thank you) and have been in contemplation all day about the joys and challenges of raising little boys. Having my own son has been the catalyst for me to really SEE (with open eyes-oh my gosh, I’m shocked!) the difference in how boys and girls play. It really got me thinking again about…