Let’s face it, most parents don’t allow their kids to use hammers, drills, wrenches, saws, and other tools considered risky – let alone, play with these. But did you know that allowing such paves way for more creativity and a whole lot of benefits in terms of growth and development?
Here’s why parents should allow kids to play with tools:
- Kids will be more responsible. Not only will kids learn more about using tools the right way, but also be more responsible on the dangers it can bring when not used properly or used neglectfully.
- Kids will be more active. Rather than burying themselves in smartphones or in front of the computer, they will be more active in terms of moving their bodies and doing things that makes them sweat – just like when running all over the place with their friends.
- Kids will be more independent. Being able to use tools at such a young age will not only promote trust between parents and kids, but also the notion that they should someday learn to do things on their own and without depending too much on others.
- Kids will be more creative. Creativity is best promoted when kids are allowed to play with tools that can also be used to create things from scratch. They can even create new things from those that are no longer used.
Of course, let’s not forget about sharp edges and parts that might cause injuries. Parents still have to be cautious about it, but also in a way kids can still have fun.
Here are some ideas:
- When hammering, lay a big piece of bubble wrap on the table and give your kid a rubber hammer to pound it. The fact that he’s hammering is enough for him to be aware of how it’s supposed to be and not supposed to be used.
- When screwing, you can try letting your kid drill screws onto a dry board. You can also use layers of cardboard for this. Better yet, you can try letting your kid put screws on the chosen board by using a light and star-shaped screwdriver for easy navigation.
- When wrenching, put bolts onto a dry board and have your kid use a wrench to release it. Paint the bolts in different colors and spice it up by organizing a game based on traditional parlor games such as “the one with the most (insert game here), wins!”
- When sawing, secure a foam board on the table and have your kid use a saw to cut it. Wood is considered hard, as compared to foam which can be easily cut even by hand. As for the kind of saw to use, it’s recommended for kids to use a keyhole saw.
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