This set of real tools allows children to explore the world with authenticity. Using real tools requires a high level of supervision and education of children. These are real tools, not toys, and they are specifically designed for children to use. These real life tools are lighter than adult sized tools and they are ergonomically designed for smaller hands. This kit includes 1 x tool wrap, 1 x pair of gloves, 2 x files, 2 x hammers, 2 x screw drivers, 2 x sanding mice and 1 x set of 6 spring clamps. The contents of this kit may vary, for more up to date kit information please see the kit components tab below.
This real life tool will encourage children to develop their fine motor skills and also develops confidence and perseverance. The use of real tools, with proper supervision helps to encourage children to become confident and capable learners. With the right supervision and guidelines, many children will be able to use real life tools to create, build and design. We always recommend children to be properly supervised and wear appropriate protective clothing, glasses and or gloves where necessary. The use of real life tools in early childhood can lead to real and more meaningful learning experiences. Risky play can be an important part of a child’s education. With appropriate risk assessments, the use of real tools and risky play allows children to participate in authentic experiences. Please note that these real tools are not toys and require adequate and responsible supervision which is determined by the service, school and educator.
Claire Warden (B.ED Hons., Dip Drama, CEO Mindstretchers Ltd.) is an Educational Consultant and lecturer who has developed her approach to experiential learning through a variety of experiences. She is an author of many books and materials relating to early years methodology, and her Nature Kindergartens have won several awards for excellence. Claire is an advocate for natural learning and play both indoors and outdoors, and is a world leader in connecting children and families to the environment.