Sunday, July 25, 2010

Break Out the Tools

I'm always encouraging my kids to experiment and try things, to use materials or tools that they haven't or to try using them in new ways. Now it's time to take that advice myself. Teacher Tom's recent post just reaffirmed my thinking about launching into building and see what happens. (Maybe my spectacular failure will happen outside the classroom instead of inside.)

I've also encountered some projects that are just begging me to break out the tools and try some new things. 

Play kitchen (via Kindergarten's 3 Rs)
Michaele posted about repurposing an old entertainment center into a play kitchen. She posted several links of these wonderful transformations. Sutton Grace has some specific how-tos on doing this. Here's a picture from that blog.

Others can be seen at Kelly and Her Kiddie Kalliope and Giggleberry Creations. This is a terrific idea and certainly caused my building genes to kick in. I want to try this for sure!

Tree Construction Set (from Teacher Tom)

Tom must be the most creative preschool teacher I've run across in a while. He is always building and constructing and experimenting. This looks like a great idea. I've seen similar "tree builders" in catalogs but his seems much more cool. I have some branches in the back that are just begging for this treatment.

Cookie Tree (Teacher Tom again!)

Again, my branches are calling for this kind of treatment. And I'm sure my kids would enjoy experimenting with the "cookies," rearranging them on this tree. 

I am so glad for the inspiration of my blog friends. I'm dragging out the tools I can find, and buying some new ones if needed, so I can create. Expect pictures. Even of the failures!


  1. I look forward to the results! My husband owns a construction company and I stopped by a jobsite the other day and there was a big pile of wood scraps laying on the ground. I am thinking of telling the carpenters to break out their tools and turn those scraps into something for me:) I am not planning to break out my own tools LOL!

  2. I really want to do Teacher Tom's tree cookie bits and pieces too Scott, but I need to overcome my power tool/saw phobia. I can hammer with the best of them, but I don't have such a good relationship with saws.

    And I love that kitchen unit. Some people are just clever.

  3. Scott I'm sure you are just as creative as Tom. I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures!
    Donna :) :)

  4. Your enthusiasm is inspiring, Scott!

    Would love to see your photos document the process from the loose parts to the creations.
    Have fun creating!

  5. I'm excited to see the results too, Scott! Tool on, my brother!

  6. Jenny, I'm with you on that one. I don't mind the drill but the noise of the power saw really just goes right down my spine. It also scares the peeps out of me!