Is it a little bit sad to get excited about a new donation of wood offcuts?
It is, isn't it.
As much as I'd love a permanent 'tinkering station' a la Teacher Tom where the option of creating with wood and tools was available to children everyday we just don't have enough adult bodies to go around to make this a reality.
But just because tools aren't always an option doesn't mean that children have to miss out on creating with wood.
Wood off cuts work perfectly at the collage table:
Team with any interesting bits and pieces you have lying around:
And see what the kids come up with:
Or simply offering wood and glue:
can have the kids solving problems and exploring concepts such as symmetry, shape, measurement and pattern making as they create:
Locating the wood table next to the painting area can add an extra element to the play.
I'm a big believer in giving children access to a wide variety of materials that support them in the creative process of making 'cool stuff'.
No preconceptions, no set way to begin and no set way to end. Wood is the perfect material to add to the mix.
(And I'm still dream of a tinkering area.)