This group of second-graders started out assembling a workbench that I had spent the weekend fitting up. They moved on quickly to other activities like boring holes, hand-planing, and woodcarving.
We looked at building models
and assembled a truss with mortice and tenon, driving in the pegs with a big mallet.
The older kids, fourth and fifth graders, wanted to build a catapult, so I helped a bit, but mostly let them improvise. The results were a bit rough, but the kids were so proud of their handiwork that they insisted on taking the projects home.
The old standby, driving nails was popular with the boys;
while the girls seemed more adept with woodcarving.
This was a rather improvised workshop, with little planning on my part aside from building the workbench and providing some tools and materials. The kids were scheduled in three groups of four for one hour per group. I believe all the kids learned something, I certainly learned a lot. Next time…we will carve spoons and have ice cream.