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Easy Safe "Wood Working" Activity for Kids - Hammer and Nails

My son just loves to work with his tools.  He goes around the house "hammering" and "sawing" trying to fix all the "broken" items.  Well I came across an idea of how to make hammering nails more exciting for him.  With this activity he feels like he is doing it just like daddy and gets him all excited.  This activity really helps with hand eye coordination and helps kids feel like they've accomplished a real task.  You've got to try this today!

This activity is safe, cheap and so much fun.

All you need is:
1 block of styrofoam
1 bag of golf tees
A plastic child size hammer
(I also bought styrofoam balls he could nail to the block)

Once your child has all the pieces.. they can go ahead and start hammering away the nails (golf tees) into their wood (styrofoam).

They can even practice pulling out their nails using the back of the hammer!  If you want to paint the styrofoam to make it more realistic make sure to use acrylic paint so it doesn't dissolve.


  1. That is really great! Why don't you get some of that clear plastic like fabric and put over the fabric that's on the chair so that you can always just wipe it clean?? If the actual fabric is too expensive you could always try to find those clear tablecloths and just cut it to size! =]

  2. Such a cute activity! I'd love to see my son have a go at this while his dad go cut some wood with his favorite bandsaw (I said favorite because I gave that to him. Haha. Best gift ever, thanks to Sawinery's suggestion).


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