Here's why. I was using a phillips head screwdriver to repair a toy and my 4 year old was intrigued, so I handed him the screwdriver. He had a great sense of accomplishment when he had replaced the screws and I thought to myself, "That wasn't so bad. We should do more of this..." And off we went.
PRESCHOOLER WOODWORKING BOARD
1 enthusiastic preschooler
Small scraps of lumber (I cut my board down to 10 inches, which seemed a manageable size)
120 and/or 220 grit sand Paper
A small saw
A workbench vise
A pencil & ruler
A drill and set of bits
Screws of varying sizes
A screw driver and phillips head
STEP 1: If you need to cut down your lumber scrap, use a pencil and ruler to mark where you would like to cut. Secure the wood in a vise and use your saw to cut along the pencil mark. (Are you coveting my yellow vise jaw pads? They are fabulous.) Do keep a close eye on your preschooler. If you're feeling brave, you can have him place his hands on your arm or elbow to "help" you use the saw.
STEP 2: Hand the wood and some sandpaper to your preschooler so he can smooth out the rough edges. This is my favorite part. Not scary at all, except when he decided to try out the sandpaper on my hand. (It's "sandpaper," sweet love, not "handpaper.")
STEP 3: Rummage around and find an assortment of screws.
STEP 4: Match drill bit sizes approximately to the screw sizes.
STEP 6: Hand a bucket of screws and a couple of screw drivers to your preschooler so he can get busy with his fabulous woodworking project.
My little one was feeling frustrated that the tall screws were sticking up, so this morning we glued a piece of wood beneath the first and drilled the holes deeper. Just make sure not to drill your holes all the way through the wood as the ends of the screws are sharp and poke-y!