Wood Crafting with Children

My wood crafting project for our local 4H group finished up yesterday. Here's what we did:
  • Practiced knife technique and safety; carved soap
  • Debarked and whittled pine branches
  • Carved an arrowhead shape out of basswood
  • Made little wood "boats" and sewed a felt mast
  • Sanded and stained tic tac toe boards

I planned activities that were entirely different than what I originally envisioned. I think that is important, to be flexible, when you're leading a group of kids and you don't know their skill or comfort level. I am still happy with how the projects turned out, and my students had a good time. When I told them it was their last class, they groaned and said, "Do we have to stop already?"



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