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Activities with tools & wood

Some of our woodworking tool guides and simple activities using tools suitable for the Early Years - explore the Outdoor Hub Activity section to find more!

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Hapa zome- leaf-bashing

A simple children's craft activity using a hammer to create amazing leaf prints on cloth.

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Spikey nails hedgehog

This simple tool activity is a great idea for an early years woodwork area.

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Wooden stamps

Hammering into wood - create imprints & practise tool skills. Great idea and activity for the early years woodworking area.

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Elder whistle

A whittling activity using elder to create your very own whistle!

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Make your own peg loom - video

A little dexterity and concentration and you can create your own traditional weaving machine. Read More about Make your own peg loom - video

Make a 1 Sq m maths set

A simple activity exploring length in a hands-on way using natural resources.

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Drill a wooden disc

A simple and fun tool activity for young children using a rotary hand drill or a palm drill.

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Drilling a pole

How to make a simple hole in a pole - useful for all sorts of projects.

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Guide to rotary hand drills

Rotary hand drills are a great tool to use in an outdoor classroom, forest school or woodworking area. Learn about different types of hand drills and how to use them.

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Guide to palm drills

Palm drills are perfect to use with children as an introduction to tool use in woodwork and simple activities.

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Guide to clamps & vices

Different types of hand clamps & which ones suit what kind of project.

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Guide to drill bits

The common types of drill bit, what we recommend & how to fit a drill bit into a rotary hand drill.

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Tool use & Traditional Crafts

A selection of guides to tool use and activities that include the use of simple tools used in early years woodworking provision like palm drills and hammers.

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