Wood working with children – basics
Wood is a wonderful and very varied handicrafts and materials, that can be used with children in all age groups.
Wood is a natural product. Also with children, the emergence can be easily traced wood: the saw mill is the first processing station for wood, because there it comes down directly from the forest. Powerful tribes are cut with large, modern chain saws to beams and boards. The wood handled further according to the sawmill, before it goes on sale. In the trade, already the finished wood product, such as a toy or even an intermediate product in the form of round timber, plywood, chipboard, hardboard buys you either… Trees are plants that stay in the same place. There are about four thousand different species of trees, which can be very old, if they are not torn to a storm or the people. Felled trees allow us a glimpse of her insides. The growth layers or rings are narrow in the autumn and winter-educated and a wide, bright layer in the spring and summer each made a dark, and make getting a tree year. From this you can see the age of the tree. These layers around is the bark or bark.
Properties of wood
Wood has many typical features that you should bring children closer before working with them with this material, so that they can learn the material properly and learn about:
Wood is flexible and elastic: kids can watch that move the branches and twigs of trees in the wind. Freshly cut branches can be easily bent and woven.
Wood can burn: a campfire can be made together with the children.
Wood can swim: from wood residues, small wooden boats can be built and swim left.
Wood can break: with the children can be experimented with various branches and twigs. Which can break?
Wood can sound: together with the children to different musical instruments made of wood tried are.
Wood is very resilient: children know that there are bridges and houses made of wood.
Wood is differentiated according to the strength. There are soft and hardwoods. Hardwoods are almost better because its denser fibers to the glues, saws and screws for children than soft Holzer, which are easier to use for the rasps and saws. For the storage of wood, one must be very careful due to its properties. Heat and humidity can cause that wood pulls, stretches, itself warps, shrinks or also reeks.
Tools for wood processing
Many adults have fear before that with proper wooden tools to work with children, because they deem too large risk of injury. Basically, working with tools is always dangerous, even for untrained adults. If the proper handling of tools is trained from the outset and practiced, the risk of injury is also later minimized. Cheap tools or tools made specifically for children are usually not recommended, since they only reinforce the injury because most easy to slip off with them. Barbara Mößner is following advice on tool in her book “A work book for kindergarten and kindergarten”:
The work book for kindergarten and kindergarten
“Children have smaller hands than adults. You have still not as much power as an adult. However, they can work with “normal” tool. Sometimes it is opinion that disused or cheap tool or even “small”, produced specifically for children tools are more suitable, because they are not as sharp, or because the children have to deal less carefully so. This is a mistake! When buying tool, care should be taken on good quality. It is better, easier and more accurately allows it to work. The risk of accidents is reduced, not increased. What applies to adults, applies in this case also for the child. (Macmillan, 2004)
Storing wood tools
Wood tools also has a storage is important. Order is extremely important. Tool lying around is dangerous, because the children themselves can easily hurt, if they tripped over. Metal tools should not touch each other during storage, because they can be dull as a result. It is advisable to hang Tools Woodworking on the wall, so a good overview is created and it can be kept just fine. Wood processing, there are a plethora of tools that use is dependent on the type, how it should be edited.