Hammering into wood – create imprints & practise tool skills.
Age Range: 3+
Duration: less than an hour
Time Of Day: any time
Category: tool use & traditional crafts
This is a great activity for children to get the feel of how a hammer works, and to assess risk – making sure their fingers are at a safe distance from the impact area.
We use stumpy hammers because children can find full-sized ones difficult to control.
Cut wooden counters or short poles. Take a look at our sawing activities to help with this.
Alternatively you can buy wooden counters from the Muddy Faces shop.
Collect some hard items that can be used to make imprints in the wood.
Items need to be hard and it is likely that they will become misshapen once hammered so avoid anything of value.
We used screws, nails, bolts, washers and a couple of eyelet rivets.
Place the wooden counter on a firm hard base.
Place the item you want to do an imprint of onto the counter.
Hit the object firmly with the hammer.
This is a great way for individuals to get the feel of how a hammer works and to work out if their fingers are at a safe distance from the impact area.
Periodically check how far you are hammering the object in – if you hammer it too much the item may get stuck, making it difficult to remove.
Some items we hammered in intentionally to get stuck – the eyelets were great for this.
Some examples of different objects we used and the imprints they make.
Take it further
Try stamping into paint, clay or Plasticine – how hard do you have to hammer? What happens to the different materials?
Try using objects to create a face or other image.
Try making imprints of all sorts of different objects.