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Ann Elise said in April 14th, 2009 at 1:32 am

One of the several majors I had before settling down in psychology was drama – and my favorite class as a drama major was stagecraft. I never realized how satisfying it was to work with power tools and create something until that class. I’m sure my daughter would appreciate this as well, but it never occurred to me until just now. Thanks!

And I definitely agree with the part about safety goggles. I see a lot of eye injuries where I work, almost all of which could be avoided by weaing goggles. Have you seen any toddler-sized safety goggles?

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admin said in April 14th, 2009 at 7:41 am

I have two websites for you to check out. The first is from Head Start, and is an extensive list of safety guidelines. The second is a Montessori website with children’s tools and safety goggles. They recommend ages 3 and up, but I think I’ll start my 2 yr old granddaughter off with just a hammer and nails in a month or so.

http://www.head-start.lane.or.us/administration/policy/health/classroom-tools.html
http://www.montessoriservices.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=111_136

Another “hammering” activity I just read about – tape bubble wrap to a wall or table, and give your toddlers wood or rubber mallets to practice hammering. Everyone seems to enjoy the satisfying pop of bubble wrap!

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