Monday, April 26, 2010

Great Outdoor Challenge Day 10

Our cloudy Sunday was spent outside picking dandelions and mint leaves then jumping and sitting on tree logs. But most of the day consisted of wood working with uncle.

Hammering away and screwing nails. (I think that covers cognition & fine motor.)

Sanding the bench with uncle.

Finally the completed bench. My brother is into construction and woodworking and yesterday seemed like a good day to be outside and work on a wood working project. Out came the wood, nails, hammers, drills and sanding machine. It was a lot of fun to watch. What is a shame today is that schools focus so much on testing and job preparation for the global market that life skills are tossed aside. What happened to life skills aren't they important too? Well I guess between the craft & cookbooks, hardware stores and thrift stores we'll start our own wood working, metals, shop, cooking and sewing sessions in the yard. There is never a shortage of ideas here and I guess you are never too young to pick up a hammer and nails and hit them into a log or some wood.


Lise said...

What a great project! Your girls are lucky to be able to work with their uncle to learn skills like that so young.

cpcable said...

This looks like a delightful afternoon! I'm sure the kids will treasure their bench always. I agree whole-heartedly with your comment about the direction schools seem to be taking; towards churning out industrial drones instead of thoughtful, skilled individuals. We do what we can.

angelina said...

hands on!
its ALWAYS better to show kids how to 'make your own' , isnt it.

5orangepotatoes said...

this is wonderful. we are so lacking in the woodworking department, it's quite shameful. we will really have to get out those hammers and nails now.


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