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Woodworking for Kids

Imagine, design, measure, cut, assemble - when kids do wood projects there's big learning every step of the way. Measuring can improve spatial and number sense, and design and construction exercise visualization skills. Making things from scratch improves kids self-reliance. Check out these safe, easy ways to get your kids started in woodworking. And don't miss our easy-start Craft Stick Idea Palace!


Woodworking for Kids on BigLearning.org

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Woodworking Tips

Using the right tool or technique can make a kid's woodworking project look well-crafted - almost professional. When your child has a question or problem with a woodworking project, these sites can help.

Beginning Woodworking Tips: http://www.grampasworkshop.net/

Advanced woodworking tips: http://www.woodzone.com/tips.htm


Materials and Tools

Hardwood or soft? Wood glue or school glue? These sites can help you and your family make decisions about the tools and materials you need for your project.

Characteristics of different types of glue: http://members.rogers.com/andrews7624/GG/glues.html

More about glue: http://popularmechanics.com/home_improvement/furniture/1998/11/types_of_glue/

Properties of different woods: http://www.woodzone.com/tableof.htm

Facts about balsa wood: http://www.greathobbies.com/document/tech_balsa_1.html

Children's workshop: http://www.canadianhomeworkshop.com/toolbox_workshop_kids.shtml


Project Ideas

These easy projects can help kids learn techniques for creating sturdy, useful objects from wood. There are even projects that require no cutting and use easily available materials such as craft sticks.

Making a box: http://www.thewoodbox.com/data/box/bxbasicinfo.htm

"Letter box" project from Family Fun magazine: http://familyfun.go.com/homegarden/organizing/feature/stiles1002_letterbox/

Things to make from craft ("Popsicle") sticks: http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/_popsicle.html

Magic Whimmydiddle Toy: http://familyfun.go.com/parties/kids-games/feature/famf0600backfun/famf0600backfun6.html

Sailboat: http://www.canadianliving.com/CanadianLiving/client/en/Crafts/DetailNews.asp?idNews=3004&idSM=308



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