Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Making Easels

Our preschoolers, like kids everywhere, love to build.

They especially love to use real tools for real jobs.

When I first started working with children I admit that I was a tad freaked out watching 4 year olds wielding hammers or cutting fruit with knives.

But we have yet to send a child home minus a finger and I've learned to trust that children are more capable beings than we often give them credit for.

One of our lovely mums came along to build some new art easels with the children. And best of all, she bought along her cordless drill. Oh, the excitement!

There is a real sense of accomplishment when kids are given the opportunity to gain competence at real tasks.

How wonderful to see some of the kids inspired by the mum's easel plans to design their own.


  1. what a wonderful activity....that came full circle!

    and i look at your outdoor work with envy...we're in the middle of cold, cold days. good for other things, i know.

  2. true...don't you love it when they take you somewhere you didn't think they'd go. you just hang on, enjoy the ride and give them any support or resources they need.

    and don't be too envious....its nudging 40 degrees here and too hot to be outside today :)

  3. This is so true! I work with young 2's so we do things a bit simpler but they are sooo under estimated, it is amazing what the children are capable of doing when given a chance. I wish I could tell everyone I walk past what twos can do, I'm so glad you brought up this topic. I like to call these kinds of things "safe risks". No one will be seriously harmed if it does go wrong however they are not in a bubble wrapped situation. I just recently found your blog and find it so inspiring so I have decided to start at the end and read through the entire thing.