Once we began to take apart the stove it was apparent that although it was enormously satisfying when things started falling to pieces, the kids' main focus was on using the tools for a real purpose.
Working with tools really does seem to have the power to thoroughly engage the kids; to encourage perseverance and in this case collaboration and team work.
I also love to listen to the children talk about the tools they use at home. These are often 'dad' and 'granddad' type stories.
Tools and woodwork and odd jobs around the house seem for many to be associated with special memories of special together times, and a feeling of importance at being included in real work.
If you would like to read more of our "taking things apart" adventures:
: : : Taking Things Apart
: : : Getting Real