Carpentry – Taatai Raakau
Matua James has a passion for Carpentry, this month Matua James made a carpentry table for the children at Kids Count Pukekohe which has intrigued the tamariki as they have become very interested in Carpentry.
Matua James was able to share the safety rules of the carpentry able and tools with the children before they began using the activity.
The children have been learning to take turns and share the tools as well as learning to use the tools safely. They have enjoyed being able build and create, while experiencing real tools with safety and supervision, the carpentry area is always a popular space to play and learn.
Carpentry encourages concentration, determination, and perseverance. The children enjoy the challenge as they learn and develop strategies for problem solving as well as developing their hand eye co-ordination. Children gain a great sense of achievement when they take their masterpieces home or place them on display for others to enjoy.
Children want to be part of the world in which adults live and carpentry enables this type of real-world play. Some children have a clear plan about what they want to make, and others are experimenting with the tools to see how it all fits together. Today the children had lots of fun at the carpentry table; where they explored hammering in the nails, measurement and choosing their own project to develop and create. The children showed a lot of patience when working on their projects. It was so nice to see the children waiting for their turns and following rules of the carpentry area.
Through this learning experiences the children are:- learning to gain increasing control over their bodies, hand–eye coordination, manipulative skills and muscular strength - learning to solve problems - understanding length, size, balance and force - learning to observe, predict and experiment - learning to share and cooperate with others
When it comes to children using tools, safety is the main concern. The tamariki had to follow simple rules such as wearing shoes, wearing eye protectors and earmuffs (if need be) and most importantly there can only be 2 to 3 children at the carpentry table.