I enjoy bringing real tools in for children to experiment with. Allowing an experience that gives the Teacher opportunities to say yes when normally a child would hear NO!
“Put that Hammer Down”
“ Those nails are sharp!”
For this experience we used dry florists foam (wood) and golf tees (nails).
We also used a variety of REAL hammers and play hammers.
Most of the children preferred the real hammers even if they were a bit heavy of some of the little hands.
The children experimented with many different ways to use the hammers! Some tried them upside down. Others would push the “nails” in with their hands and they pry the nails out with the backside of the hammer. No approach was wrong and experimenting was encouraged.